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Squaw Creek
National Wildlife Refuge

bald eagle in flight with blue sky behind
Highway 159 South
Mound City, MO   64470
E-mail: squawcreek@fws.gov
Phone Number: 660-442-3187
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Squaw Creek Refuge boasts large concentrations of bald eagles in the winter months.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Squaw Creek has a full-time environmental educator who is available to assist teachers and school groups upon request. The refuge has a number of educational materials and field activity supplies that can be used for scheduled groups. A new auditorium for programs will be constructed in Spring 2003.

There are limited fishing opportunities due to shallow water. However, fishing is permitted in pools and ditches adjacent to the auto tour route in accordance with Missouri state regulations. In addition, snagging of non-game fish is permitted from March 15 to May 15 in years when water is released from the Eagle Pool outlet.

A special white-tailed deer hunt is held annually in January to manage the high population of refuge deer. The hunt is for muzzleloading firearms and antlerless deer. There are a limited number of permits available. Applications are generally accepted during July each year, with a random drawing held by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Squaw Creek has free leaflets available to visitors upon request. These provide interpretation of the refuge, the auto tour route, the Loess Bluff hiking trail, and several of the wildlife species that are found in the area. There are two interpretive pull-offs on the auto tour route and interpretation on the Callow Memorial hiking trail. In addition, there is a small sales area in the visitor contact station with interpretive items that can be purchased.

Wildlife Observation
Squaw Creek has a ten-mile, self-guided auto tour route. This loop road provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy wildlife in a natural setting from the comfort of a vehicle. There are three hiking trails: the Eagle Overlook trail, a 1½-mile round-trip walk that allows visitors to hike between the two largest refuge wetlands; the Loess Bluff trail, a ½-mile round trip walk that climbs 200 feet, on rock steps hand-laid by the Civilian Conservation Corps, to the top of bluffs for a panoramic view of the refuge; and the Callow Memorial trail, a ½-mile round trip walk for physically challenged visitors that leads to the base of the loess bluff grasslands.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Contact Station - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday year-round and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm weekends from Mid-March to early May and Mid-October to early December. Wildlife Drive/Outdoor Facilities - Open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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