Description - Twelve National Wildlife Refuges are scattered throughout Mississippi. The refuges normally offer few developed recreation facilities but often offer excellent opportunities for observing wildlife and enjoying nature.
- The National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi cover many types of habitat, including swamps, marshland, bottomland hardwood forests, agricultural lands, lakes, cypress swamps and much more. Many of the habitat types that lie within the refuges are now rare outside these protected areas. Panther Swamp NWR contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature bottomland hardwoods in the delta of Mississippi. Several of the refuges offer visitor centers and some refuges offer trails and boat ramps but otherwise there are normally few developed recreation facilities. Wildlife and nature are the main attractions at all of the refuges.
Recreation - Many of the Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi are open to the public for fishing, birdwatching, wildlife observation, hiking, walking nature and interpretive trails, and wildlife photography. Hunting is allowed in many of the refuges for big game or waterfowl. Opportunities for wildlife observation are excellent with good access to a diversity of habitats.
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.
The National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi are scattered across the state. Driving Instructions are available on the wildernet page describing each refuge.