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Public Use Re-Opens!

April 18, 2014Old Timbers Lake

Public use Re-opens at Big Oaks NWR on April 18th! 

Click Here For A Calendar of Refuge Public Use Events!    

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will open again April 18th for public use on Mondays and Fridays and 2nd and 4th Saturdays (7:00 AM-4:30 PM); we will begin showing the required annual refuge safety briefing on April 18th at 7:00 AM. We will have a special showing of the safety video during the Big Oaks Conservation Society Meeting at the Jefferson County Library in Madison, Indiana on April 7th at 6:30 PM. Fishing at Old Timbers Lake and wildlife watching, hiking and mushroom gathering will also start on April 18th. Our Youth Turkey Hunt Event is held on April 19-20 (see the turkey page on the website for details). The regular spring turkey hunt at Big Oaks will begin on April 23rd; the refuge typically has many unfilled slots during this hunt. The complete refuge public use schedule can be viewed on the refuge calendar link above. Tours of the refuge can be arranged by calling the refuge office 2 weeks in advance for a special group tour or attend one of the regularly scheduled tours; these are great ways to schedule a birding field trip, view wildflowers or get to know the history and features of the refuge. For further information about these events, call the refuge office at 812-273-0783.

A small trail with a photo blind is ready for wildlife photographers and nature lovers at Big Tree Point at Old Timbers Lake. Off trail hiking is also allowed in the northeast portion of the refuge known as the public use area. 

All refuge visitors must view the safety briefing once per calendar year, and sign an acknowledgement of danger form. A daily pass to the refuge costs $3.00, an annual pass is $15.00 and hunt permits are $15.00. Holders of an interagency Access/Senior Pass would be charged a reduced rate. For information about how to obtain an Access/Senior Pass please call the refuge office.


Click here for a calander of refuge events!


Last Updated: Mar 18, 2014
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