Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Mississippi

(228) 497-6322

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Overview

Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. The refuge was established in 1992 to help protect one of the largest remaining expanses of Gulf Coast wet pine savanna habitat.

The 10,188 acre refuge partially overlays the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Together, they protect nearly 18,000 acres of relatively undisturbed wildlife habitat.

In addition to the wet pine savanna, other refuge habitats include maritime forest, tidal and nontidal wetlands, salt marshes, salt pannes, bays and bayous.

Map of Grand Bay NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 30.413151, -88.403721

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat launches are available on Bayou Heron Road and Grand Battures Road.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available off a designated fishing pier on Bayou Heron Road, as well as along the many waterways in the refuge.

  • Hiking

    Wildlife observation is a popular activity at Grand Bay NWR. Viewing opportunities include wintering flocks of ducks and wading birds in the bayou, songbirds in the trees and shrubs, and harriers and hawks hunting over the savanna. The refuge also has two established trails on the refuge.

    The Oak Grove Trail is just off Bayou Heron Road, south of the headquarters building. The trail is a featured stop along the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail. Expect to see various songbirds such as scarlet tanagers, warblers and more on the trail. The landscape of the trail is also a treat with oak maritime forest intermingled with pine flatwoods. The Escatawpa Trail system is part boardwalk and part gravel. 3 options are available, including a boardwalk/gravel loop that is fully accessible for visitors. Several benches are available along the trail as well as an overlook at the Escatawpa River.

  • Hunting

    Areas open to these activities are managed for both humans and wildlife. Special considerations are taken to insure quality experiences while minimizing unnecessary disturbances to wildlife. Grand Bay NWR puts out an annual hunting brochure. To legally hunt the refuge, you must acquire a new copy of the brochure each year and sign and carry the permit/brochure with you at all times on the refuge. Permits expire each June.

Seasonality/Weather

The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center is open for visitors Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed on federal holidays).

Directions

Driving

Take Exit 75 off of I-10 and turn south on Franklin Creek Road. Go south to Hwy 90 and cross onto Pecan Road. Cross over the railroad tracks and continue down Bayou Heron Road for approximately 1 mile. The Grand Bay Coastal Resource Center is on the right side.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(228) 497-6322

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