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 Hours

The refuge Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm except for federal holidays.  

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

      A Celebration of Pollinators is July 6

      Join us for a fun "Celebration of Pollinators" from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 6. There will be children's activities and pollinator face-painting, an 11 am Butterfly Identification Stroll, a bee exhibit, pollinator programs, and lots of information available about planting for and conserving pollinators. Free starts of good native pollinator-friendly plants will also be available. Everyone is welcome!

      What We Do

      2023-2024 Federal Duck Stamp featuring three tundra swans painted by Joseph Hautman from Minnesota. (c) USFWS
      5/16/2024 Statement on Duck Stamp Modernization Act  

      On December 19, 2023, President Biden signed into law the Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023. This Act modifies provisions regarding the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as the...

      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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