Established in 1990 through a leaseback from the Nature Conservancy, Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge is located 15 miles southwest of Cleveland, Miss. Currently, through other state and federal aquisitions, the National Fish & Wildlife Service now manages 9,691 acres as a part of Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge.
During the 40-year period prior to service ownership, Dahomey’s hardwood forest was subject to timber harvesting, most recently in the late 1960′s. However, the land was never cleared; instead it was allowed to naturally regenerate. Today, the refuge is the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood-forested wetlands in the northwest portion of Mississippi, a relic of a habitat type once dominant throughout the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
- Acres: 9,691 Bolivar County, MS.
- Refuge is currently staffed by Refuge Manager and Equipment Operator.
- Location: The refuge is located in Bolivar County on Hwy 446, 8 miles west of Boyle and about 15 miles southwest of Cleveland.
- Late winter concentrations of migratory waterfowl reach 15,000.
- Populations of white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkey attract hunters.
- Large numbers of neo-tropical migratory songbirds are especially attracted to the forested woodlands in summer months.
Refuge lands are open year round, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.
Refuge Headquarters are generally open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
No entrance fees.
Permit fees are required for hunting & fishing. Contact refuge headquarters for more information.
All visitors should watch for poisonous snakes, fire ants, chigers, ticks and mosquitoes and take the necessary precautions.
1,050 acres of agricultural lands
8,100 acres of bottomland hardwood forested wetlands
500 acres in various stages of reforestation
50 acres for roads and administrative purposes
Provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Provide recreational use and environmental education for the public through the following management tools:
- Water management for waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds.
- Cooperative farming.
- Bottomland-hardwood-wetland forest management and reforestation.
- Deer management with public hunting.
- Law enforcement.
- Turkey management with public hunting.