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Indiana
Southern Region
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
MUSCATATUCK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MUSCATATUCK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
12985 E. U.S. Hwy. 50
Seymour, Indiana   47274

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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
'Tree Swallow '
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'Observation Point'
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Observation Point on Lake Richart

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'Deer'
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A deer along side of the lane

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'Turtles'
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Turtles sunning on a log

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'Observation deck'
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'Dragonfly'
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'Building a nest'
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Great Blue Heron building a nest.

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'Lake Richart'
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Blue skys above a blue lake

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'Path'
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A short walk through the forest

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'Catching Breakfast '
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A Blue Heron on a fishing trip

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'On the Hunt'
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A Blue Heron

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'Getting A Few Rays '
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Warming up on a Spring morning

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'Snow White'
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'Mirror Image'
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Blue heron in flight

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'A Slow Glide '
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Blue heron in flight

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'Blue Heron '
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Blue Heron

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'Redish Raccoon '

Saw this one cleaning itself. Stood near it and shot this photo

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'Scenery '

Just a nice scene

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'Hornets Nest '

Turkey Trail

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' Donald D Willin'

Heron showing off while looking for a bite to eat.

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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
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Boats and RVs
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
44.9 miles from park*
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
55.7 miles from park*


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Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
55.7 miles from park*
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.
August 10 A great spot! by lovetheparksinIndiana
We first visited Muscatatuck when we moved to Seymour years ago. Quiet & beautiful park. Even with our kids now teenagers they still love to visit the Myers Cabin and the visitors center.
July 9 Lots to see by D Wall
Had lots of fun looking for birds and other wild life. We saw Otters, Deer, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Sandhill Crane,Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, Indigo Bunting and more. Everyone should check this place out. We plan to visit again soon
June 25 rehab by thankful, indiana girl pac
when my father had a stroke he could not do much. my mom would drive him around the park and they would see so many birds and animals it kept his spirits up. he is now back to normal and they still drive through the park only now dad drives and they hike and fish. I am thankful for such a beautiful place for them to regroup. Thank you
April 23 Beautiful place by Banded
Lots of wildlife, especially waterfowl and shore birds. Very clean and well kept.
September 21 a wildernes refuge by nature lovers from Ohio
We like to visit a couple of times a year (have done so for over 20 years). We love to see the seasons of different wildlife and the bird migrations. It is fascinating to see what is just passing through on a flight path north or south. We have seen enjoyed all kinds of wildlife and find it a serene natural place.
April 21 Excellent Birding Paradise Kids Love It! by Bird Loving Family
We love going here. The kids love it. There is a large visitors center with a nice short paved hiking trail that is great for kids and physically disabled people. There are tons of birds(great blue herons, green herons, egrets, wood ducks, mallards, coots, owls, hawks, teals, swallows, grebes, geese sparrows, warblers) and wildlife(deer, turtles, otters, muskrats, beavers). Picnic areas and hiking trails. There is a self guided auto tour and there are plenty of areas where cars are allowed unlike some NWR so you can view the birds easily from your car. The visitors center also has a movie and a place set up with bird feeders to view song birds etc. There is a migratory bird festival the second weekend in May that is also excellent with fun things to do for adults and kids!


Area Campgrounds

Muscatatuck Park
325 State Highway 7
North Vernon, IN
812-346-2953


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages 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.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
55.7 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
52.5 miles from park*
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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.

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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
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