The total solar eclipse will make a swath across Missouri from the northwest to southeast on Monday, Aug. 21. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge , near Sumner, is located in the route of totality.

The total solar eclipse will make a swath across Missouri from the northwest to southeast on Monday, Aug. 21. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge , near Sumner, is located in the route of totality. The total eclipse at Swan Lake NWR will begin at 1:10 p.m. Central Time and last for 1 minute and 26 seconds. “We have received several inquiries regarding viewing the eclipse at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge,” said Refuge Manager Steve Whitson. The refuge is not hosting any special event during the eclipse; however, it will be open and anyone is welcome to come out and view the eclipse at Swan Lake NWR. The visitor center will be open and there is an open field that can be accessed from the visitor center that should offer a great viewing opportunity, Whitson said. Swan Lake NWR is located in one of the lowest light pollution areas in Missouri, meaning that the night sky is more viewable due to the lack of surrounding lights from densely populated areas. “Due to its location, Swan Lake NWR will be a great viewing location to witness the eclipse,” he said. The refuge will not have viewing glasses or other items to aid in observing the eclipse so be sure and bring your own glasses, scope, lawn chair, drinks, etc. The visitor center will open at 9 a.m. and remain open till 4:30 p.m. For more information on the solar eclipse visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how. If you have any questions about Swan Lake NWR contact the refuge manager at 660-856-3323 Ext 13. Swan Lake NWR is located one mile south of Sumner, MO and managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The USFWS is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for continuing benefit of the American people.