Hillside National Wildlife Refuge offers many different opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, photography, or wildlife observation, the refuge offers activities for every age and interest. Some of the most popular activities include:
Hunting is the most popular recreational activity on refuges at Hillside NWR. Seasons include the opportunity to pursue deer, waterfowl, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon. Feral hogs, raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, bobcat, and nutria may also be harvested according to refuge regulations. Frogging is allowed at night with gigs and by hand grabbing. Frogging is the only activity (except coon hunting) that is permitted after dark. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are allowed on designated trails for hunting access. For a complete listing of all hunting regulations, click here.
Each person 16 years of age or older hunting at Hillside NWR must posess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit ($15), available for purchase online or in person via check or money order. In person purchases may be made at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4 pm. Permits are valide August 1 - July 31. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.
Fishing is allowed in all refuge wtaers from March 1 through November 15. The borrow ponds along the North levee are open throughout the year, except when closed during the muzzleloader deer hunt. Trot lines, limb lines, jugs, seines, and traps are prohibited. Frogging is allowed in all refuge waters during the State season. A copy of the complete fishing regulations may be found on our website. All anglers 16 years of age or older must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit ($15), available for purchase online or in person via check or money order. In person purchases may be made at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4 pm. Permits are valide August 1 - July 31. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.
Fish populations consist mostly of rough fish, including long-nosed gar, buffalo, carp, bowfin, and catfish. A wide variety of fish species exists in the streams and bayous, including largemouth bass, various bream and crappie.
Wildlife Observation & Photography
Passive wildlife viewing and photography is encouraged at Hillside NWR. Visitors must comply with existing laws, regulations, and policies concerning access and harassment of wildlife. While most wildlife observation and photography is associated with hunting and fishing, all visitors have the opportunity to photograph wildlife and natural landscapes from the hiking trails and public roads.
A handicapped accessible interpretive nature trail is available at the Alligator Slough Nature Trail. This trail, established in 1986, features two scenic boardwalks across Alligator Slough. Following the natural edge between bottomland hardwood habitat and a beautiful cypress and tupelo slough, the trail makes a winding half-mile loop from the South Levee Road of Hillside NWR just off of Highway 49E, between Eden and Thorton. Park benches and educational kiosks are located along the trail.
All commercial photographers must acquire a free special use permit, available by contacting the refuge.