Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The salt marshes and fire-maintained pine savannas of Mississippi’s Grand Bay reserve are among the most diverse habitats in North America and the most biologically productive in the Gulf of Mexico. These habitats support many important species of fish and wildlife, including brown shrimp, speckled trout, and oysters. Sea turtles, bottlenose dolphin, and on occasion, manatees can be found in reserve’s deeper waters, and the higher elevation pine savanna is home to many species of carnivorous plants and orchids. Through innovative research, stewardship, education and training, reserve staff and their partners work collaboratively to advance science-based stewardship of Grand Bay. They address critical issues, such as habitat protection, climate change adaptation, and water quality protection, with programs that enhance science-based management of, and appreciation for, coastal resources.

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Vital Stats

  • State: Mississippi
  • State Partner:

    Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

  • Acreage: 18,049
  • Habitats: Salt marshes, fire-maintained pine savannas, pocket beaches, oyster reefs, seagrass beds, deep water
  • Designated: 1999
  • Site Profile: View
The Grand Bay reserve participates in the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), which collects, analyzes, and makes available weather, water quality, and nutrient data from all National Estuarine Research Reserves. Learn more


The Grand Bay reserve’s Coastal Resources Center Interpretative Area is open to the public during the week. One Saturday each month, reserve staff offer “Adventure Quenchers” to appeal to a wide range of visitors and interests. From making gourd homes for Purple Martins to learning to grill Mississippi seafood, you can enjoy a unique program monthly. Hiking, boating, paddling, photography, fishing, and hunting opportunities are also available seasonally and the reserve holds special events and field trips periodically.


Volunteers have many opportunities to engage with and learn about the reserve and the ecosystems it protects. Grand Bay staff will work with you to match your interests with the opportunities for service the reserve has to offer. Whether you are interested in education, stewardship, research, or administrative volunteering, there is something here for everyone.

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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did you know?

This reserve is home to some of the most diverse plant species, including more than 10 species of carnivorous plants.


Ayesha Grey
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS 39562
T: 228-475-7047
F: 228-475-8097