About The Refuge
Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge consists of 10,778 acres, supports diverse wildlife habitat including:
- wooded riparian zones
- open water
The purpose of the Refuge is the conservation of wildlife resources with an emphasis on migratory birds. The Refuge provides food, shelter, and nesting areas for migratory birds such as:
- grassland dependents
- tree-dwelling neotropicals
Depending on reservoir water levels, Refuge staff use a variety of wildlife habitat management practices to provide optimum habitat for wildlife. Crops such as corn, wheat, and milo are grown through a cooperative farming program. A portion of the crop is left in the field to provide food for migrating waterfowl and resident wildlife. Other habitat management tools include grazing, brush control, haying, mowing, and controlled burning.
Prohibited Activities: Tom minimize disturbance to wildlife and to comply with Federal laws, policies and regulations, these activities are prohibited on the Refuge
- Water skiing
- Personal watercraft (jet skis)
- Speed boating
- Collecting plants, animals (including antlers), or historical artifacts
- Dogs and other pets must be on a leash or under the owner's immediate control. Free roaming pets are prohibited.
- Disorderly conduct
- Commercial use (including guiding)