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Visitor Activities

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset every day. You can observe and photograph wildlife, fish or, during the season, hunt small game and deer.

  • Wildlife Viewing & Nature Trails

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    Miles of nature trails offer many exciting opportunities to enjoy and explore this biologically rich refuge. There are excellent viewing and photography opportunities for bison, deer and elk.

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  • Interpretation & Environmental Education

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    The refuge serves nearly 28,000 learners on a yearly basis through its environmental education program.  They range in age from preschoolers to adults and senior citizens. Educational opportunities range from structured classes and tours to interpretive exhibits.

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  • Tours

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    Explore the Refuge with a local naturalist on an interpretive bus or hiking tour.

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  • Hunting

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    The refuge offers controlled hunts for elk and deer.  These public hunts are some of the most popular offered in Oklahoma and were established to ensure healthy populations of the Rocky Mountain elk and white-tailed deer herds were maintained on the refuge. 

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  • Fishing

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    Thirteen lakes and many small ponds are provide quality fishing opportunities. Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish are primary game fish.  State and refuge regulations apply.

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  • Picnicking

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    There are a number of day-use and developed picnic areas on the refuge. These provide a great opportunity to observe wildlife and habitat.

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  • Camping

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    There are two campgrounds that are open to the general public, including Doris Day and the Charons Garden Wilderness area, a backcountry experience that requires a permit.  The Fawn Creek Campground is reserved for youth groups.

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  • Rock Climbing

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    Rock climbing in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is popular and opportunities vary from easy to highly technical climbs.

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  • Special Events

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    The refuge hosts and takes part in many special events throughout the year. 

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Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2014
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