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Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge

The 3750-acre Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to the Mississippi River. Although it is protected by a levee, the refuge provides flood storage in periods of high water. Refuge habitats include managed wetland units, semi-permanent and permanent marshes, bottomland hardwood forests, and native grasslands. The pumping station allows for water management on all wetland units, semi-permanent marshes, and green tree reservoirs (bottomland forests with large, cavity-ridden trees). These areas are very important to a variety of migratory birds, including numerous ducks, geese, shorebirds, marsh and wading birds, and songbirds. The diverse area also provides habitats for a variety of endangered and threatened species, including the bald eagle and king rail (state endangered). Clarence Cannon Refuge is managed by Great River National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

From St. Louis, take I-70 west to the Highway 79 exit. Take Highway 79 north approximately 35 miles to the town of Annada. In Annada, take County Road 206 east one mile to the refuge office.

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