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National Wildlife Refuge

great blue heron walking in water
24279 State Highway 51
Puxico, MO   63960
E-mail: mingo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 573-222-3589
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A great blue heron hunts for food in one of the refuge's marshes.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Numerous schools, universities, and scout groups visit the refuge annually. Refuge staff coordinate and participate in environmental education activities and provide orientation about the vast diversity of resources the refuge has to offer.

Fishing opportunities are available year round on the refuge. Contact the refuge office for specific regulations.

Limited hunting for deer, turkey, squirrel, and waterfowl is available in designated areas of the refuge. Contact the refuge office for specific hunting regulations.

Interpretive programs are conducted annually for events such as National Wildlife Refuge Week, National Fishing Week, International Migratory Bird Day, and many other celebrations throughout the year. Special events, like Eagle Days, are coordinated with other agencies, to provide interpretive activities for various school groups and the general public.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation and Photography are welcomed at the refuge. Twelve miles of refuge roadway are open daily, providing five observation overlooks and 1 mile Boardwalk Nature Trail. A 19-mile, scenic Auto Tour Route is open throughout April and May to view spring wildflowers and spring songbird migration and October and November for the fall foilage and waterfowl migration.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

Refuge Headquarters - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, year round; Wildlife Drive/Outdoor Facilities - Open daily, 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, year-round.

Entrance Fees
An entrance fee is required of all visitors. Entrance passes available include: a daily $3 Pass; a current Federal Duck Stamp ($15.00), valid July 1 to June 30; a Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Pass ($12.00), valid for one year from date of issue; a Interagency Annual Pass ($80.00), valid for one year from month of issue; a Interagency Senior Pass($10.00) for those 62 years of age or older, Life-time Pass; or a Interagency Access Pass (Free), for the blind or permanently disabled, Life-time Pass. The Interagency Passes are valid for entrance to National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, and other Federal areas.

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