National Wildlife Refuge System

Noxubee Refuge: 75 Years Working for Migratory Birds


Canoes and kayaks are available on Bluff Lake at Noxubee Refuge. Contact the refuge for days and times (662) 323-5548). 1.
Credit: Ramdeo Seepaul/1st place Friends of Noxubee 2013 Photo Contest
Spring and fall are the best times to see alligators at Noxubee Refuge.
Credit: Beth Goodin/3rd place Friends of Noxubee 2011 Photo Contest

June 6, 2015 - More than 150,000 people every year visit Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, MS.  And with good reason.


“It’s a perfect spot for hunting, fishing, birdwatching and simply connecting with nature,” said Andrea Dunstan, visitor services specialist for the refuge.


Turning 75 on June 14, the refuge will host an open house for wildlife lovers of all ages on June 13.


Established in 1940 primarily as a sanctuary for migratory birds, the refuge works especially on preserving habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The refuge is one of only four places in the state where visitors can spot the bird. The 48,000-acre refuge hosts 30 distinct groups of the woodpeckers.


The endangered red cockaded woodpecker can be seen more often during the spring nesting season.
Credit: John Maxwell/USFWS

The refuge is close to Loakfoma and Bluff Lakes, which afford anglers easy access to crappie and bass. With 11  boardwalks and trails for visitors to explore, habitats on the refuge run the gamut from prairies to forests to swamps, each with its own unique wildlife that to draw crowds. In the summer, visitors may even come across alligators lurking in low-lying waters.  


“Visitors always enjoy driving through the refuge. It is very likely they may see a red-cockaded woodpecker, an alligator or other wildlife,” Dunstan said.


Noxubee Refuge will host the annual W.O.L.F. – or the Wildlife Outdoor Learning Festival – on September 26.  The event will feature demonstrations, crafts and activities for kids and families as well as a photo contest.


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Last updated: June 9, 2015