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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Redish Raccoon © Donald D Willin
Saw this one cleaning itself. Stood near it and shot this photo
Seymour, Indiana   47274
(lat:38.9284 lon:-85.8128)

Phone: (812) 522-4352
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is located in south central Indiana. The refuge takes its name from the Muscatatuck River, which forms the southern boundary. The "land of winding waters" is a pocket of wetland habitat where the river, flood-prone creeks, and small natural springs attracted wildlife and native Americans long before white settlers arrived. Most of the dense hardwood and bottomland forest that originally carpeted the land was cleared by settlers, who attempted to farm the wet ground. Fortunately for wildlife, most of the attempts to drain the area were not successful. In 1966, Muscatatuck Refuge was established using money obtained from the sale of Federal Miratory Waterfowl Stamps, commonly known as Duck Stamps.

The refuge is a very scenic and accessible mix of hardwood forest, wetlands, brush-land reverting to forest, cropland, and grassland habitat. Today, Muscatatuck includes 7,724 acres near Seymour and a 78-acre parcel, known as the Restle Unit, near Bloomington. Nine miles of refuge roads that are open sunrise to sunset seven days/week attract approximately 185,000 visitors to the refuge each year. Wildlife-viewing opportunities are excellent at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is known as an exceptionally fine bird watching site.
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 8 wood ducks
went to see the Wood Ducks, and, though unsuccessful in doing so, found the refuge to be a very beautiful place
April 6 Otters
I did not know that Indiana had wild otters. I had some time to kill, so I wandered into the park and got out of the car to get some fresh air near a pond. Soon an otter started swimming toward me. He kept popping his head out of the water to observe what I was doing. It was a cool experience.
July 7 Rewarding and Relaxing Place To Be by enjoyers of natures beauty
On one of our many trips there, my wife and I came upon an amazing site in one of the marshes there. What started out as photographing a doe feeding in the marsh, we saw more then 20 Great Blue Herons. They were in the trees, on the bank, perched on logs and stand in the water. There were also 3 green herons. A group of 4 raccoons and 3 scattered about raccoons we scavenging about as well as 17 otters were feeding and playing in the water. 4 of them were pups. It was an amazing moment in our lives. On another day we saw 24 deer, 3 fawns and the rest were does and bucks, all the bucks were in velvet. In the short time we have been going there, we have photographed of 150 species of wildlife of that over 130 species of birds. Each day there is a new adventure.

Area Campgrounds
Muscatatuck Park
325 State Highway 7
North Vernon, IN
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Cottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
55.7 miles from park*

The refuge is located in south-central Indiana on U.S. Highway 50, just three miles east of the I-65/U.S. 50 interchange at Seymour, IN. Muscatatuck is approximately an hour's drive from Louisville, Kentucky, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and is approximately 86 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. The main entrance on U.S. Highway 50 is marked with large brown signs.


Indiana State Parks