Mingo Wilderness

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Mingo Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Mingo Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mingo Wilderness
Location Wayne / Stoddard counties, Missouri, USA
Nearest city Puxico, Missouri
Coordinates 36°58′01″N 90°12′52″W / 36.96694°N 90.21444°W / 36.96694; -90.21444Coordinates: 36°58′01″N 90°12′52″W / 36.96694°N 90.21444°W / 36.96694; -90.21444
Area 8,000 acres (32 km2)
Established 1976
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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: 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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