Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers a number of opportunities for visitors to reconnect with nature. The wildlife drive, open seasonally, observation tower and nature trail offer views of wildlife and the habitats on the refuge, as well as access to recreation sites such as fishing platforms. Fishing and hunting, as well as special events and programs, are also available during certain seasons.
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Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 for the purposes of providing habitat, a sanctuary and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge is currently 10,795 acres and focuses on wetland habitat management. The refuge is also managed for other migratory birds, including waterfowl, geese, shorebirds and neo-tropical migrating species of birds. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is designated as an Important Bird Area for Missouri.
A wide variety of wildlife call Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge home or visit during certain times of year. The refuge’s main purpose is to host thousands ducks and geese during their migration, but many other birds are also found here. During summer, dry pools are great places to look for shorebirds, such as the greater yellowlegs. Deer and other mammals live here year round, and many are easy to spot.