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Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

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A beautiful wildlife refuge

We took a day trip to Loess Bluffs from KC because we heard so many good things about this wildlife... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Dena M
Shawnee, Kansas
Spectacular birding!

We were only here for a couple of hours, it was well outside migration season, the greenheads were... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2018
Boston, MA
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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
Highway 159 South, Mound City, MO 64470
+1 660-442-3187
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

We took a day trip to Loess Bluffs from KC because we heard so many good things about this wildlife refuge and it certainly is a beautiful place, a hidden gem. We were there in the summer and there were some birds but we are...More

Thank Dena M
Reviewed July 17, 2018

We were only here for a couple of hours, it was well outside migration season, the greenheads were buzzing, and it was in the upper 90's. Despite all this going against us, we had a great time birding in this NWR. The auto tour is...More

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Reviewed May 30, 2018

Returning home from St Louis, we passed the sign and had time to stop in. This spot has a nice long road encircling the lake where you can spot many bird species. There was only two other cars on the afternoon we were here, so...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

A great place for birding during migration. On my last visit I saw a variety of ducks, snow geese, Canada geese, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer. There’s usually a pair of nesting eagles on the refuge as well. Most of the roads are...More

3  Thank AndyKansasCity
Reviewed September 17, 2017

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.

1  Thank photog406
Reviewed August 16, 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 August 4, 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

1  Thank Hank J
Reviewed March 24, 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 March 18, 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 March 13, 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.

1  Thank esissy
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March 29, 2018|
Response from AndyKansasCity | Reviewed this property |
Probably. According to their website, there are still birds present, but not in vast numbers. A couple of weeks ago, there were a million snow geese at the refuge. Now the numbers are down to a few hundred. I would wait... More
October 22, 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
August 29, 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