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Kevin_Survey_512x300Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is rich in wildlife and recreation opportunities. Thousands of people come to the refuge each year to enjoy solitude, to commune with nature, and to share the joys of wildlife with family and friends. Regulation of recreation activities, such as use hours, hiking in designated areas, and hunting, allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats. 

Hours 

The refuge visitor center is open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, October through February.  Beginning March 1st   through September, the hours change to Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on Sunday and Monday.  The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and July 4th. 

The refuge headquarters office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. The office is closed on all federal holidays.    

Location  

The refuge visitor center is located at 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, AL 35603.  For additional visitor information, contact us by phone at 256-350-6639 or by email at wheeler@fws.gov 

The refuge headquarters is located at 2700 Refuge Headquarters Road, Decatur, AL 35603.  For additional administrative information, contact us by phone at 256-353-7243 or by email at wheeler@fws.gov

 

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge consists of 35,000 acres and stretches for 20 miles along both sides of the Tennessee River. In general, we strongly recommend you do not rely on an electronic navigation device to find your way around the refuge. Inaccurate maps and limited reception can lead you astray.

Directions to Visitor Center and Headquarters: 

From I-65 take exit 334 (Decatur/Priceville) and go north on Highway 67 for 3 miles. Visitor Center entrance will be on the left. The headquarters entrance is a quarter mile pass visitor center entrance and will be on the right.

From Highway 31 turn onto Highway 67 south for 2 miles. Headquarters entrance will be on the left. The visitor center entrance is a quarter mile pass headquarters and will be on the right.

From Highway Alt. 72 take Highway 67 south (Beltline Road) and follow it all the way through Decatur.  After crossing the Highway 31 intersection, the visitor center will be 2.5 miles on the right.

The lat/long for the visitor center is 34.54742,-86.951081 and headquarters is 34.554577,-86.952068

There is an information kiosk located at the entrance to the visitor center and headquarters.

For information on nearby lodging and businesses, contact the Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.decaturcvb.org) at 800-524-6181.

Fees 

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge has no entrance fees.  

 

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2013
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