Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 for the protection and restoration of bottomland hardwood forest. Approximately 5,000 acres of the 7,500 acre refuge are available for wildlife oriented recreation including hunting, fishing, and birding. A wildlife sanctuary encompasses the remaining 2,500 acres of the refuge and is not available for public use.
The refuge is one of a system of over 500 refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wildlife. The refuge is named after the Marais des Cygnes river which runs through the middle of the refuge and is the dominant natural feature of the region. The name, Marais des Cygnes, comes from the French language and means Marsh of the Swans. It is presumed that Trumpeter Swans, which were historically common in the Midwest, used the wetlands adjacent to the Marais des Cygnes River during spring and fall migration.
Location: US Hwy 169 at KS Hwy 52 N of Pleasanton, KS
Marais des Cygnes NWR Hunting
Predominant species hunted at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge are quail, turkey, and white-tailed deer. Squirrel and rabbits are hunted to ... Marais des Cygnes NWR Hunting
Marais des Cygnes NWR Fishing
Many of the farm and mine ponds provide fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, and sunfish. The Marais des Cygnes River and flood plain ponds provid ... Marais des Cygnes NWR Fishing
Marais des Cygnes NWR Birding
Birding at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge is especially good in late spring when over 30 species of warblers migrate through the area and ... Marais des Cygnes NWR Birding
Marais des Cygnes NWR Wild Food Harvest
Picking of berries, mushrooms, and nuts is another popular outdoor activity on the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge. There are some refuge r ... Marais des Cygnes NWR Wild Food Harvest