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Description - The refuge contains diverse habitat managed for migratory birds and endangered species. Habitats vary from bottomland hardwoods to cypress swamps and agricultural fields.

Attractions - Yazoo NWR consists of diverse habitat managed for migratory birds and endangered species. It covers almost 13,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods to cypress swamps and agricultural fields. Emphasis is placed on providing food for wintering waterfowl, which utilize the refuge in large numbers. These foods consist of corn, milo, rice, wheat, etc. and moist-soil plants.

The refuge has over 70 water management units and has restored marginal agricultural land to bottomland hardwoods. Shorebird management is incorporated in the management of abandoned fish ponds. In addition to waterfowl, the white-tail deer is abundant and provides visitors many hours of recreation. A well-established wood duck next box program produces 2000 hatchlings a year.

Recreation - Opportunities for public use include hunting, birding, wildlife observation, walking the nature trail, and wildlife photography. Hunting is allowed for most native game species except 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.

Location - To reach the refuge, go 22 miles south of Greenville, MS on Miss. Hwy. 1. Turn left on Yazoo Refuge Road and go three miles to headquarters.

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Contact Information:
Yazoo NWR, Route 1, Box 286728 Yazoo Refuge Road , Hollandale, MS, 38748, Phone: 601-839-2638
, r4rw_ms.yzo@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Delta Region - The Delta Region covers the northwest and west-central portions of Mississippi, bordering the Mississippi River on its western edge. It includes cities such as Greenville, Tunica and Clarksdale.
Jackson Area - Outdoor life in the County is always a beautiful and educational experience. As one of Mississippi's 27 state parks, Jackson County's own Shepard State Park provides its visitors with picnic areas, bike and nature trails, and areas for tent camping. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and the Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area are popular wildlife refuges that are open to hikers, bird watchers. Campers will also enjoy the beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore Park in Ocean Springs.
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.

Yazoo NWR - Official agency website


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