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Council Bluff Recreation Area
Council Bluff Recreation Area offers a developed campground, swimming area with a beach, boat ramp, picnic area and hiking trails. In the summer, it is managed by a concessionaire and is frequently patrolled by USFS personnel.
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Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Description: 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 floodplain-dependent fish and wildlife species.

Wildlife to Watch: The refuge has opportunities for wildlife observation and photography along refuge roads and trails; no site-specific viewing areas have been developed on the refuge yet. Several vantage points off the refuge provide panoramic vistas of the refuge units.

Special Tips: Arrow Rock State Historical Site in Arrow Rock, Missouri, provides several excellent observation points overlooking the Jameson Island Unit.

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Other Activities: The Missouri River provides some of the most outstanding catfishing in the country. The Overton Bottoms North Unit provides the best access to the river with a boat ramp.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 11,000 acres 
Closest Town: Columbia

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Big Muddy NFWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge headquarters is located in Columbia, Missouri at the Columbia Environmental Research Center, run by the U.S. Geological Survey. The headquarters will remain at this location until a facility is available on refuge property.

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Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area