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General Information

Description - Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley. The refuge is not open to public use. Wildlife viewing can be done from Panola-Quitman Floodway Levee and county roads.

Attractions - Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley. Topography here is relatively flat and land is made up of heavy clay and hydric soils that have been subject to extensive clearing and drainage efforts.

The southern Bear Lake Unit lies north and south of Highway 8, west of Highway 35 and east of Philipp, Mississippi. The unit's largest continuous tract is a patchwork of cultivated farmlands, old fields, and small scattered tracts of hardwood bottomland forest bisected by the meandering Tippo Bayou that is its center piece. Wood ducks abound here and the unit has a very healthy deer herd. Most of the agriculture land of the area is devoted to raising soybeans, and rice.

The northern Black Bayou Unit lies just west of the Panola-Quitman Floodway, south of Crowder, and northwest of Charleston. The unit consists of abandoned old fields and cultivated farmlands in soybeans or milo. These fields are of low, poorly drained soils that flood most winters. There are 25 ponds which are managed for shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh birds.

Peregrine falcon, merlin, least tern, black tern and wood stork occasionally pass through the refuge in migration. Bald eagles and very large concentrations of ducks winter here.

Recreation - The refuge is not open to public use. Wildlife viewing can be done from Panola-Quitman Floodway Levee and county roads.

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.

Location - From Crowder, go 5 miles south of the intersection of HWY. 322 and Quitman Avenue (the main north south street through town).

From Charleston , head north out of town 2 miles on HWY. 35, to Paducah Wells Road. Turn west on Puducah Wells Road, (which is paved for a couple of miles then turns to gravel) until it dead ends into the Panola-Quitman Floodway Levee Road. Go three miles north on the levee road. The refuge lies west of the levee.


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More Information

Contact Information:
Tallahatchie NWR, P.O. Box 1070 , Grenada, MS, 38902-1070, Phone: 601-226-8286
, r4rw_ms.mwm@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Clarksdale Area - To the east of Clarksdale are several of Mississippi's largest lakes and there are several State Parks within an easy days travel.
Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges - 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.

Links:
Tallahatchie NWR - Official agency website

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