Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Address:4200 New Haven Rd
Columbia, MO 65201

Phone:573-876-1826
Fax:573-879-1839
Phone:800-611-1826
Web: www.fws.gov/midwest/bigmuddy
Established: 1994.
Location:On the Missouri River, near Columbia, Missouri.
Facilities:Undeveloped.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting.
Special Features:Refuge is located on six parcels in various counties along the Missouri River. Land along the river was covered with several feet of sand by 1993 flooding, and the property now is being purchased piecemeal. Refuge managers plan to let the river return to a natural course and create a variety of habitats in the process.
Habitats: 10,400 acres (with plans to expand to 60,000 acres) of bottomland forests, lakes, sloughs, cropland, and marsh.
Access: Unrestricted.
Wild life: Waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and neotropical migratory birds. Also provides habitat for endangered and threatened species, including pallid sturgeon, decurrent false aster, bald eagle, piping plover, least tern, peregrine falcon, gray bat, and Indiana bat.

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