Interested in some outdoor fun and wildlife viewing opportunities? Although Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) headquarters and nature shop will remain closed until further notice for the safety of staff, volunteers, community, and visitors, the hiking trails and auto tour are open!

You can practice your safe physical distancing with 7,440 acres to view wildlife, practice your nature photography, drive the 10 mile auto tour with your family, and hike the interpretive trails through the loess hills.

The refuge is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. There is no charge to visit the refuge.

From wildlife to wildflowers, summer is a great time to visit the refuge. White-tailed deer fawns can be seen in the north woods, hiding in the tall grass. Otters live in family groups in the wetlands and can be seen playing in the water. Turtles, snakes, and frogs are actively crossing the roadways near the water.

A diversity of songbirds are singing their tune throughout the loess hills and wildflowers are blooming along the trails, roads, and prairie. Earlier this summer, three eaglets hatched out of the west eagle nest, just south of Pintail Pool. They all survived and have recently fledged the nest! Bring your binoculars and see if you can spot them.

The 2020 Summer Junior Naturalist Program has been cancelled. Meanwhile, bring the whole family to enjoy and explore the wonders of the refuge!

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Missouri near Mound City. Take Interstate 29 to Exit 79 south of Mound City, Missouri, then travel south 2½ miles on U.S. Highway 159. Connect with the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/loessbluffsnwr/ or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/loess_bluffs/, for refuge updates. For more information, call 660-442-3187.