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National Wildlife Refuge

wood duck pair on the water
12985 E. U.S. Hwy. 50
Seymour, IN   47274
E-mail: muscatatuck@fws.gov
Phone Number: 812-522-4352
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Managers at Muscatatuck Refuge control water levels to benefit wildlife such as wood ducks.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Muscatatuck provides many opportunities for environmental education, and the refuge is a great place for school groups to learn about wildlife and various wildlife habitats.

Fishing is permitted on certain areas of the refuge year-round, and seasonally in Stanfield Lake, where hand-powered boats may be used. Good catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish can usually be made on the refuge. Ice fishing is permitted when conditions are safe. Refuge fishing areas are marked with "Public Fishing Area" signs.

Hunting for rabbit, quail, turkey, and deer is permitted in certain parts of the refuge at certain times.

The first stop for refuge visitors should be the visitor center, where the refuge information desk and a bookstore are staffed every afternoon by a volunteer. The non-profit bookstore is operated by the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, and proceeds go to refuge projects. The Chestnut Ridge Interpretive Trail, located adjacent to the visitor center, is a quarter-mile loop accessible to wheelchairs and includes a boardwalk.

Wildlife Observation
Nine miles of refuge roads are open to visitors, and wildlife viewing opportunities are excellent. There are four hiking trails, in addition to the Chestnut Ridge Trail, and lots of opportunities for photography. Observation structures are located on Richart Lake and North Endicott Marsh.

Refuge headquarters - Open 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Visitor Center - Open afternoons Wednesday through Sunday; volunteer staff are present at the information desk and bookstore every afternoon. Outdoor facilities - Open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset seven days/week, no change in deer season.

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee.

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