Refuge Headquarters: Open from 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday (closed all Federal Holidays). Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted. Enjoying the Refuge:Free of charge, seven days a week from 5am to sunset, you can enjoy watching and photographing wildlife, and walking trails that are accessible for all users. The refuge also offers hunting and fishing and hosts special events. Learn more about how you can enjoy your public lands!Directions:The refuge is approximately 150 miles east of Oklahoma City, and 35 miles west of Fort Smith, Arkansas, off of Interstate 40. Take the Vian exit (# 297) from I-40, follow county road three miles south to refuge headquarters (follow the signs). The latitude and longitude to the headquarters are: 35.447281, -94.972601.
Partial Refuge Closures for Deer HuntingSequoyah NWR hosts a number of controlled deer hunts that provide a quality wildlife dependent recreational activity and also helps the refuge better manage the deer population. During the muzzleloader hunts the main refuge tour road will be closed starting at the intersection turning west at Tuff Ramp. Sandtown Nature Trail, Reeve’s Slough, and other points of interest will be inaccessible. Visitors will still have access to Horton Slough Nature Trail and fishing area, Tuff Ramp, and other outlying access areas of the refuge (Vian Ramp, Stoney Point Ramp, Webber Bottoms, and Girty Bottoms). These closures will occur for the youth muzzleloader hunt and all the adult muzzleloader hunts on the following dates:November 5th, 6th, 19th, and 20th December 10th, and 11th There are also two adult archery hunts that are held on Sequoyah NWR. During these hunts the refuge will remain open for public use. The auto tour route, Sandtown Nature Trail, Horton Slough Nature Trail, and all other public use areas will be accessible during the archery hunts. These areas are off limits for the hunters and will prevent disturbance between hunters and other refuge visitors.The dates for these hunts are:October 28th, 29th, and 30th December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
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