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About the Refuge

Winter scene on the refuge / Melissa Holder

It is appropriate that the refuge is named for a famous Chickasaw chief and great warrior, Chief Tishomingo.


Whether you are here to view wildlife, fish for crappie or catfish, or to enjoy a little peace and quiet, you will find Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge a place rich in nature and history where it is easy to imagine an era of vast herds of wild animals grazing the prairies and the darkening of skies from flocking birds.

Nestled in south central Oklahoma, the refuge was established in 1946 to benefit migratory waterfowl in the Central Flyway and help conserve America’s wildlife heritage for current and future generations. It is an overlay of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Denison Dam Project, also known as Lake Texoma, and is open to the public for wildlife-dependent recreation.

Tishomingo Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.
Page Photo Credits — Winter scene on the refuge / Melissa Holder
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013
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