Natural wetlands have attracted and provided wetland habitat to birds and other wildlife at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge for hundreds of years. The small pocket of diverse land and waters has been designated as a Continentally Important Bird Area.
Visitor Center is Open

The refuge Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Building restrooms are not open but porta-pot restrooms are available.

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Muscatatuck is a pocket of wildlife habitat that is easily accessible to everyone every day, at all times of the year. Look for wildlife along refuge roads, walk the trails, or take part in recreational activities like fishing, hunting, or wildlife photography. The refuge is also a great place to learn about wildlife and the natural environment. Refuge staff and volunteers enjoy helping visitors of all ages connect with nature through many events and programs held throughout the year.

Location and Contact Information

      Refuge Butterfly Count is July 16

      Volunteers knowledgeable in butterfly identification are invited to the annual refuge butterfly count on Saturday, July 16. The group will gather at the Visitor Center at 9:30 am and break into groups to cover different parts of the refuge. Participants should bring binoculars, a butterfly field guide, a hat, insect repellent, and plenty of water.  For more information contact Muscatatuck@fws.gov  

      Our Species

      Birds attract the most interest at Muscatatuck and more than 290 species have been seen on the refuge. The wetlands and diverse habitat also provide sanctuary for some species that are now rare in Indiana, including northern copperbelly water snakes, Kirtland's snake and four-toed salamanders. In winter, thousands of greater sandhill cranes spend the winter in the area, often spending the night in refuge wetlands while spending their days feeding off-refuge in harvested farm fields.

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