Mingo Wilderness Area

Mingo Wilderness

Mingo Wilderness is an 8,000 acre (32 km²) U.S. Wilderness Area located in southeastern Missouri in the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. It was established and governed under the Wilderness Act of 1964.

This tract of forest has been set aside for future generations to enjoy. No further uses such as timber harvesting, farming, or road building will be permitted. While the public is invited to engage in recreational opportunities such as fishing, hiking, canoeing, and wildlife observation, all uses are primitive and nondestructive and all access is by either foot traffic or nonmotorized boat.

A special auto tour is open on Saturdays and Sundays in April, October, and November that runs around the perimeter of the Wilderness Area.

The following specific activities are permitted in the Wilderness Area:

  • Hiking and backpacking: The wilderness area is a fantastic place for day hikes. Most hiking is associated with and used as the means to accomplish other activities such as wildlife observation, berry picking, or fishing. There are no established hiking trails in the Wilderness Area.
  • Fishing: Most fishing is done from small boats and canoes or from the bank. Fishing pressure is usually heaviest during the spring and summer months, especially on week-ends. Boat motors are prohibited in the Wilderness Area.
  • Wildlife Observation: Wildlife and wild lands observation is a popular activity in the Wilderness Area. Deer, wild turkey, raccoon, migratory birds and other wildlife are readily seen in this area.
  • Environmental Education and Interpretation: School groups and college classes are able to utilize the Wilderness area as well as other groups wishing to use the area for educational purposes.

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