- St. Catherine Creek NWR lies within the flood plain of the Mississippi River, and is about 10 miles south of the city of Natchez. The habitat within the area consists of bottomland and upland hardwoods, cleared land, cypress swamps, accredit land, and fallow fields.
The refuge has four permanent water bodies, Old St. Catherine Creek, Gilliard, Alligator, and Butler Lakes. Because of being one of the very few wintering areas that is found next to the Mississippi River, the refuge can be inundated for large periods because of the backwater flooding.
Recreation - The public is welcome to visit the refuge year round. There is something for everyone to enjoy; fishing, hunting, nature observation, and hiking. You are encouraged to stop at the refuge headquarters. A Nature Trail is available near the headquarters where a variety of wildlife may be observed. Public hunting is available during the state seasons (permits required). Fishing is permitted from March 1st through September 15th.
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.
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located near Natchez, MS From Natchez, go 10 miles south on Highway 61. Go right on York Road, 2 miles to Refuge entrance. Go left on Pintail Lane. Refuge headquarters is approximately 1/2 mile on the right.