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Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is growing. Established in 1994, the refuge has grown to over 11,000 acres. Like pearls on a string, these acres are spread out as individual units along the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis. These pearls of habitat benefit floodplai...
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Great River National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Great River National Wildlife Refuge protects approximately 11,600 acres along 120 miles of the Mississippi River, stretching north of St. Louis, Missouri. Three separate units are located in the floodplain, on both the Illinois and Missouri sides of the river.

Wildlife to Watch: In 1998, the Great River Refuge was designated as a globally important bird area, due to its value to shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl. The refuge's proximity to St. Louis provides excellent educational opportunities to a large population.

There are more than 50 mammal species found in the Upper Mississippi River corridor. One, the Indiana bat, is a federally-listed endangered species that spends the winter hibernating in caves in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. In the spring and summer, Indiana bats leave their caves, sometimes flying hundreds of miles to roost and raise their young under the loose bark of dead and dying trees.

Special Tips: The auto tour route at Clarence Cannon Refuge offers opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 11,600 acres 
Closest Town: Annada

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingFishingVisitor CenterHuntingSmall BoatsDrinking WaterAuto Tour

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

King Rail - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The headquarters for the Great River Refuge is located on the Clarence Cannon Refuge. From St. Louis, take I-70 west and take exit Highway 79 north. Take 79 north approximately 35 miles to the town of Annada. Turn right on County Road 206 and proceed one mile to the refuge office.

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Great River National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area