The Mingo Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the Mingo Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
The Mingo Wilderness is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Mingo Wilderness is an area with numerous tributaries forming a storage watershed in the Monopoly Marsh and Mingo River basin. A series of ditches and levees adjacent to the Wilderness Area help approximate hydrologic conditions that once occurred naturally. A large diversity of flora and fauna exists within this system which is home to indigenous species, such as river otter, bowfin, hairy-lip fern, and nesting bald eagles. The Wilderness Area also serves as an important wintering area for migratory waterfowl and critical habitat for swamp rabbits, wood ducks, migrating monarch butterflies, and other species.