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Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

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Highway 159 South, Mound City, MO 64470
+1 660-442-3187
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Always something different to see

It's a fun place to spend a day driving around and around the refuge. Depending on when you visit... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marshall, Minnesota
This was part of a trip to see the snow geese migration.

100% satisfaction--visually superb, the sounds of 500,000 birds was something no one can adequately... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Evelyn A
Ankeny, Iowa
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The refuge is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset including all federal holidays. This includes the Wild Goose Auto Tour loop and refuge hiking trails. There is no charge to visit the refuge. The refuge is home to more than 300 species of birds, 30 types of mammals and 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. Whether you are hiking a trail or driving the Auto Tour route, wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful. The refuge headquarters / visitor contact station is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily and closed for all federal holidays. During spring and fall migration, the station is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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“squaw creek” (12 reviews)
“bald eagles” (8 reviews)
“snow geese” (15 reviews)
Highway 159 South, Mound City, MO 64470
+1 660-442-3187
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a fun place to spend a day driving around and around the refuge. Depending on when you visit, there can be quite a few photo opportunities.

Thank photog406
Reviewed 17 August 2017

100% satisfaction--visually superb, the sounds of 500,000 birds was something no one can adequately describe (you just have to be there), and when a massive number of these geese take off from the water and pass close overhead (water still dripping from their bodies) the...More

Thank Evelyn A
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Excellent wildlife area, great viewing areas along the motor route that have built in telescopes to view the birds with. Lots of really good well managed hiking trails with some great viewing areas. The headquarters has some really interesting taxidermy on display as well as...More

Thank Hank J
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We will have to come back here again. It was not the season to see the thousands of migrating birds when we visited, but the visitor center has many preserved examples of the ducks and geese and other animals that live on this wet land...More

1  Thank grandma80401
Reviewed 19 March 2017

With a small town. there isn't much to do, but my visit here was actually lots of fun. There were lots of snow geese and there were a couple deer. We had a nice half hour drive through the refuge. Overall good experience.

Thank Jan P
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We go to the reserve every time we come to Mound City. The idea that the name was changed to be politically correct upsets me. It will always be Squaw Creek.

Thank esissy
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Squaw lake in Feb/March holds thousands of waterfowl. Actually could be a million snow geese at times. We traveld the 10 mile loop and saw numerous species of geese, ducks, coots and even white pelicans. Road has numerous pull offs with free viewing stations. For...More

Thank Adam M
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

A beautiful,peaceful walk into the wilderness. Ducks geese,deer turkeys and much more wildlife in a conservation area made man to enjoy. Driving and walking trails with majestic views.

1  Thank Richard W
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Went on a photography outing for wildlife. Was a great time and had lots of birding activity. Found a family of opossums and plenty of hawks too. Very nice road to circle around the refuge and worth the trip.

1  Thank Gnome_077
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

What a nice day! We saw about 40 eagles on the 10 mile loop drive, both in the trees and on the mounds in the ponds eating their prey. They are just magical. Many other species, including white snow geese and Trumpeter swans. What a...More

2  Thank pjmitchell
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Questions & Answers
22 October 2016|
Response from conserveInfo |
A managed white-tailed deer hunt is held twice annually in December and January. No other hunting is permitted on the refuge.
Leslie N
30 August 2016|
Response from Jayhawk68 |
It varies considerably. There is a Fall migration and a Spring migration. One day there can be a million birds. The next day they can be gone. Check their website for bird counts daily in Oct/Nov in the Fall and from... More