Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is growing. Established in 1994, the refuge has grown to 10,400 acres. Like pearls on a string, these acres are spread out as individual units along the ...[more]
4200 New Haven Drive
Office Headquarters To reach the refuge headquarters in Southeast Columbia, Missouri, take the AC exit off Highway 63; turn east onto New Haven Road. Travel one mile to USGS Environmental and Contaminants Research Center. The refuge office is located down the third driveway on the right off New Haven Rd. Overton Bottoms North Unit Take exit 111 off Interstate 70 east of Boonville and west of Columbia, Missouri. Turn north onto Highway 98, and drive two miles to the unit boundary. There are four miles of gravel roads in the unit. Jameson Island Unit Take Highway 41 (exit 98) off Interstate 70. Travel 13 miles on Highway 41 to Arrow Rock, Missouri. Take Main Street through town, and turn left on 2nd Street, which runs along the side of the Lyceum Theater. Drive 0.25 mile to the refuge unit. Limited parking and no turn around for trailers. Lisbon Bottoms Unit Take Highway 87 (exit 106) off Interstate 70 in Boonville, Missouri. Follow 87 through downtown Boonville, and cross the Missouri River. Follow Highway 87 11 miles to Route K. Turn left on K; travel two miles to the tiny town of Lisbon. Turn right at the church. Look for refuge boundary signs. There is little development on this unit of the refuge. Baltimore Bend Unit Take Highway 23 (exit 58) off Interstate 70 in Concordia, Missouri. Follow Highway 23 north 15 miles to Highway 24. Turn left onto Highway 24. Travel approximately one mile to County Road 227. Turn Right. Enter the Missouri Department of Conservation Baltimore Bend Conservation area. Park at the Department of Conservation parking lot at the bottom of the hill. The refuge lies across the railroad tracks. The remaining refuge units currently have limited public access. As the refuge grows, we hope to obtain further public access to these areas.
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