Where is it? East central Oklahoma near Tulsa
When was it established? 1993.How big is it? 9,748 acres. Why is it here? The refuge was established to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and nongame migratory birds, wintering and production habitat for wood ducks, and habitat for the natural diversity of wildlife native to the area. What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching and photography, hunting, fishing, interpretation and education. An elevated boardwalk, photo blind and nearly 17 miles of trails offer excellent opportunities to enjoy the refuge. Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed. Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge without the refuge manager’s permission is illegal and subject to a fine.
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Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see migrating songbirds. After leaving their southern wintering grounds, the migratory birds begin arriving in March where the brightly colored males court the females before building a nest. Look for these beautiful, small birds, including eastern bluebirds, prothonotary warblers, painted and indigo buntings and more.