2970 Blufflake Rd., Brooksville, Mississippi
Surprisingly, only 3,000 of the more than 48,000 acres in the refuge are designated as a sanctuary. Anglers enjoy Loakfoma Lake and Bluff Lake and take good catches of largemouth bass, bluegills, and crappies from their waters.
For birders the best place is Canada Goose Overlook, an elevated walkway and viewing platform that juts out high above Bluff Lake. It’s worthwhile to bring binoculars. From Nov.– Jan. tens of thousands of waterfowl, primarily wood ducks, green-winged teals, Canada geese, and American widgeons, visit the refuge. In late winter and early spring a variety of songbirds add their grace notes. Wood storks and wild turkeys may be seen, and occasionally the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the bald eagle. From this elevation one can see other wildlife as well, like white-tailed deer feeding in grassy meadows or the American alligator crawling about.
The refuge is crisscrossed with narrow gravel roads and seven hiking trails; a map may be obtained at refuge headquarters. Visitors entering the woods during the gun-hunting season in November and December are required to wear hunter orange.