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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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Council Bluff Recreation Area
Description: 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.

Wildlife to Watch: For wildlife viewing, the best opportunities are found on the lake. Rent a canoe at the beach or bring your own. Only no-wake motor speed is allowed on the lake. Bald eagles are frequently seen on the lake year-round. Depending on the time of year, other birds seen include herons, sandpipers, terns, gulls, loons, several ducks, swallows, and egrets.

The lake is surrounded by woodland that supports many other species of wildlife. In the summer evening or mornings, deer often come to the lake edge to drink. Beaver also may be observed. Fishing on the lake is good, especially for largemouth bass, red-ear and bluegill.

Special Tips: Look closely and you may find the Little Brown Bats that live in the buildings at the recreation area.

No lifeguards are at the beach swimming area. The campground areas are open from May 1- Oct. 15, the beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but the boat ramp and lake access is available year-round. The area is managed by an on-site concessionaire.

There are entry fees for this site: please visit the site website for current conditions.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain NF, Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Potosi, Missouri

RestroomsTent CampingFishingHikingBoat LaunchHandicap AccessibleSmall BoatsDrinking WaterSwimmingBicycling

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Council Bluff_Bats - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
From Potosi, MO, go south 13 miles on Hwy P. Turn right on Hwy C, go 1/4 mile; turn left on Hwy DD. It's about 7 miles to the entrance. Turn at the sign and follow the paved access road. From Steelville, MO, Hwy 19 south to Hwy 49 at Cherryville, turn left to Hwy 32 at Bixby, left to County Hwy 16, left to Enough Boat Launch.

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Council Bluff Recreation Area : Wildlife Viewing Area