Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge

Morgan Brake Nation Wildlife Refuge is located in Holmes county, Mississippi, on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. This Refuge is unique in that is preserves habitat along what is known as an ecotone, or the place where two different ecosystems meet. This particular ecotone features the joining of the rich, loess hills with the floodplain of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (or 'the Delta'). 

Established in 1977, Morgan Brake NWR is dedicated to providing wintering waterfowl with food and cover resources. Refuge management benefits a wide variety of wildlife, including both migratory and resident species. It is remarkably diverse for its 7,473 acres.

Morgan Brake NWR encompasses 7,473 acres and is located approximately 3 miles north of Hillside NWR. The refuge borders the eastern edge of the Delta adjacent to the loess bluffs. Elevation varies from less than 100 feet to 120 feet MSL at the base of the bluffs. Portions of the refuge include the loess bluffs, which rise to more than 300 feet MSL. The main wetland features of the refuge include Morgan Brake, which lies half in and half out of the refuge, Around-the-World Brake, and Commander Brake, adjacent to the bluffs. 

 

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Latitude: 33.176221 Longitude: -90.194307
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Recreational Opportunities

Morgan Brake 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 our most popular opportunities include:

Hunting

Hunting is the most popular recreational activity on Morgan Brake NWR and is offered from October through April each year for deer, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon. Hunters are also allowed to take feral hogs, raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, bobcat, and nutria according to refuge regulations.

Each person 16 years of age or older hunting at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2014. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted in refuge waters north of Providence Road throughout the year except closed during the muzzleloader deer hunt. Providence Ponds are closed one day prior to the beginning of waterfowl season through February 28. See information kiosk for creel limits at Providence Ponds. A wide variety of fish species exists in the streams and bayous, including largemouth bass, various bream, and crappie.  Fish populations consist mostly of rough fish, which can withstand hot, murky water with low oxygen content, including long-nosed gar, buffalo, carp, bowfin, and catfish. 

A complete summary of refuge regulations is available online. Each person 16 years of age or older fishing at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.

Wildlife Viewing & Photography

While most wildlife viewing and photography at Morgan Brake NWR is associated with hunters and anglers, the Refuge does provide opportunities for wildlife observation and photography. The waterfowl impoundments near the Refuge office provide opportunities to photograph wintering waterfowl, wading birds, and other resident and migratory species. Birders might also enjoy this opportunity. 

Please remember that all visitors must comply with Refuge regulations.  Pay attention to boundary signs to ensure you stay out of closed sanctuary areas and do not harass the wildlife. All commercial photography requires a special use permit, which may be acquired by contacting the Refuge office. 

Seasons Accessible

Your National Wildlife Refuges are open during daylight hours year-round!

In the summertime, temperatures can be extreme, so be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, drinking water, appropriate footwear, and sunscreen. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit, especially during the summertime when temperatures are more moderate and wildlife is most active. Also be sure and watch out for snakes and other potentially hazardous wildlife species.

Fees

Hunters and anglers must purchase a $15 permit in addition to all state and federal licenses.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs may be used for hunting squirrel, raccoon, and during the February rabbit hunts. Retrievers are permitted while migratory bird hunting. All other pets are prohibited.

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