Managing For Wildlife
The refuge actively manages these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you. Learn how!
Wildlife & Habitat
For centuries, flood waters of the Deep Fork River blanketed the landscape, periodically inundating the bottomland hardwood forests
Wildlife of the River
A gallery of images of wildlife that call Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge home.
See the Pictures
June 22, 2015
The Refuge is experiencing occasional flooding. The boardwalk asphalt trail at Cussetah Bottoms is currently open, but that could change quickly with weather conditions. Many areas of the refuge may be inaccessible due to flooded county and local roads. Please do not try to access areas where there is water across the road. Turn around. Don't drown. The public is reminded that flooding events also impact wildlife. Please be aware that snakes and other wildlife, along with floating limbs/trees, might be encountered. Updated information on this and other national wildlife refuges in the Texas-Oklahoma region will be posted on the USFWS Southwest Facebook page. If you are planning a trip to Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, please call 918-758-6580 for the most updated information.USFWS Southwest Facebook
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge provides free environmental education programs for students ranging in age from Pre-K to High School. Refuge staff work with educators to provide programs that meet the current curriculum needs of a classroom. The free presentations can be done at the school or arrangements can be made for students to schedule a field trip to the refuge. Get Outside!
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.” It was in the infancy of the Refuge System when President Roosevelt said, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”Working for Wildlife
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.
Page Photo Credits Dabbling Ducks / Marvin DeJong, Indigo Bunting / Dave Menke ©, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 27, 2015