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Description - The refuge is located in south central Indiana, a gently rolling outwash drift and till area from Illinoian glaciation. The refuge is near the center of the Muscatatuck River watershed.

Fifty-five percent is deciduous forest, 25% marsh and water and 40% is in various stages of plant succession from cropland, grassland to scrub/shrub land. Water management in some 15 impoundments is by gravity flow and provides a haven for nesting wood ducks and Canada geese and a resting and feeding area for a host of other migratory birds. Otters were introduced on the refuge by Indiana DNR in 1995 and have successfully raised young.

Some 125,000 refuge visitors annually utilize the Visitor Center, nine miles of roads, several foot trails, auto tour route and hunting and fishing areas. The refuge has been included on the National Register of Historic Places for its archeological sites.

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Filed By: Ron Everhart (Indianapolis, IN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The results of three trips. The first weekend in May 2000 photographed a pair of Copperberlly Water Snakes mating at a pond. Will not give location. The first weekend in May at the north pond on the west side of the troad to Lake Lynda I was priviledged to photograph one of Indiana's rarest butterflies. Saw Beaver and Muskrast at Lake Lynda. Thanksgiving weekend 2001. The fog was fabulous. The sunrise was not good but the fog had a pink tinge to it. Knowing the telephoto lens magnifies everything i used a slow shutter speed and have geese and ducks on the lake in pretty pink fog. After three years got a picture of the old oak tree on the northg end of Endicott marsh. The fog hides the house behind it. Photographed Cananda geese in the cold blue of morning light in the fog. Lake Sheryl was beautiful as well.

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Contact Information:
Muscatatuck NWR, 12985 E. U.S. Highway 50 , Seymour, IN, 47274, Phone: 812-522-4352
, lee_herzberger@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Indiana Wildlife Rufuges -

Muscatatuck NWR - Official agency website


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