Description - Panther Swamp NWR contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature bottomland hardwoods in the delta of Mississippi. Much of the habitat is subject to flooding on an annual basis.
- Panther Swamp NWR contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature bottomland hardwoods in the delta of Mississippi. It covers over 36,000 acres. Much of the habitat is subject to flooding on an annual basis. The refuge has a number of bayous that slowly drain flood waters leaving shallow swamps and oxbow lakes which support stands of tupelo gum, cypress, buttonbush, and other species tolerant to extremely wet habitats. The upland areas or ridges often crest at no more than one foot above swamp areas and contain Nuttall, willow and water oaks and other species while overcup oak, bitter pecan and ash dominate the transition zone from swamp to upland.
Additional habitat types consist of reforested and agricultural areas. Agriculture is used primarily to support large concentrations of wintering waterfowl. The refuge supports healthy populations of resident wildlife and neotropical migrants.
Hunting seasons are established for all native game species, which include white-tail deer, fox and grey squirrels, swamp and cottontail rabbits, raccoon, opossum, and the wild turkey.
Recreation - Opportunities available for public use include hunting, fishing, birding, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and boating. public boat ramps are located on Lake George and Deep Bayou.
Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.
Panther Swamp NWR is located near Yazoo City, MS. From Yazoo City, go two miles north on 49W from Yazoo City, turn left on River Road, then go approximately six miles to Refuge Headquarters (Gumbo Acres).