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Marais des Cygnes
National Wildlife Refuge

Deciduous trees and shrubs line the banks of the Marais des Cygnes River.  This riparian habitat is important for a variety of wildlife species.
24141 Kansas Hwy 52
Pleasanton, KS   66075
E-mail: maraisdescygnes@fws.gov
Phone Number: 913-352-8956
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The Refuge is named after the Marais des Cygnes River. The phrase means marsh of swans. It is presumed that trumpeter swans were found in adjacent wetlands.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge is open as a field trip site to school groups. Refuge staff are available to assist you with planning and leading your visit.

Many of the farm and mine ponds on the Refuge provide fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, and sunfish. The Marais des Cygnes River and floodplain ponds provide additional fishing opportunities for flathead and channel catfish, crappie, and walleye. Access to these areas is limited primarily to walking. Non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are allowed, but getting boats in and out of the water is generally an difficult task since there are currently no boat ramps.

Predominant species hunted on the Refuge are quail, turkey, and white-tailed deer. Squirrel and rabbits are hunted to a lesser extent. Waterfowl hunting is generally limited to the small farm ponds, mine ponds, and the Marais des Cygnes River. However, during flood events as many as 2,000 additional acres of flooded timber and old fields may become available for hunting.

Deer and spring turkey hunting is open only to those possessing a valid Refuge Access Permit. These permits are limited in number and are distributed through an application and drawing process. Please contact Refuge staff for more information.

Exhibits, brochures, and a map can be found in an information kiosk located in front of the Refuge office to provide visitor information during non-business hours.

Wildlife Observation
Refuge access is largely limited to mowed service roads and parking lots. Service roads are available for public hiking and traverse a wide variety of habitats. These roads vary in length from 1/4 mile to 1 1/4 miles long. Most of these roads are mowed twice a year and provide incredible wildlife viewing opportunities.

The location of service roads and parking lots is identified on maps on the Refuge website and in the Refuge brochure. Not all roads or desirable fishing areas have parking lots adjacent to them, however, parking is permitted on road shoulders for wildlife observation and Refuge access.

Office hours are from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Public use areas of the Refuge are open 24 hours daily.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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