St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge offers a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.
Points of Interest
Visitors are encouraged to stop by the visitor center as the first point of contact when visiting the refuge. During normal business hours, interactive exhibits will introduce visitors to the refuge. Inside the exhibits, a touch-screen display offers an in-depth look at the wildlife found on the refuge, recreational opportunities, and resource management information. There is also a touch-and-feel exhibit and an animal track display to engage children as they learn about our wildlife.
After business hours, visitors are encouraged to learn more about the refuge via the exhibits adjacent to the native butterfly and plant garden. They are also encouraged to note any wildlife sightings on the dry-erase board.
The Swamp /Sibley Impoundments: The Swamp and adjacent areas are popular spots for bank fishing, bird watching, and wildlife and habitat photography. The Swamp provides roosting habitat for long-legged waders and ducks. Over ten species of freshwater mussels are known to occur here, in addition to numerous species of fish, providing terrestrial wildlife and birds an abundance food source. Bald eagles and alligators are common seasonal residents.
The Sibley Impoundments are adjacent to the Swamp. These shallow water impoundments cover 1,000 acres of intensively managed habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds.
Know Before You Go
Most roads are passible in a two-wheel drive vehicle, but some are in poor condition. Refuge access is restricted when the Mississippi River reaches 34 feet at the Natchez gauge. Visitors should check the refuge social media page for the latest updates and road and/or gate closures. Visitors should also bring insect repellent, drinking water, and sunscreen.
Other Facilities in the Complex
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine refuges that make up the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Each refuge in the complex plays vital role to conserving our nation's resources. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more Refuges, wildlife management areas or other Refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complexbecause they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a Project Leader oversees the general management of all Refuges within the complex and Refuge Managers are responsible for operations at specific Refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, Refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all Refuges within the complex.
Checkout the list below of the other Refuges within the Complex, and visit each one for new and different experiences!
Rules and Policies
St. Catherine Creek NWR welcomes visitors year-round! All lands managed under TR Complex, including Refuge roads, parking areas and boat ramps are closed 1 1/2 hours after sunset until 4 am. Please refer to current Refuge regulations and map for additional information. A Current Public Use Permit is required for access if you are participating in consumptive use such as but not limited to, hunting and angling. Click here to purchase or obtain your permit. For help with log-in or creating your account for purchasing or obtaining an annual public use permit please watch the video instructions.
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