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Wichita Mountains
Wildlife Refuge


The mosaic of granite boulders, wildflowers, lakes and forest create a wide variety of habitats at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
32 Refuge Headquarters
Indiahoma, OK   73552
E-mail: wichitamountains@fws.gov
Phone Number: 580-429-3222
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains/
Spring at Wichita Mountains. Photographer: Sam Waldstein, June 2002
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Refuge lakes are intended to provide a quality family fishing experience within serene surroundings. To accomplish these goals, regulations have been set for the lakes to ensure an enjoyable fishing adventure, maintain water quality, and minimize adverse impacts on wildlife species.

Only an Oklahoma State fishing license is required to fish on the Refuge. Fish may be taken with poles and lines or rods and reels. Since wading is permitted when fishing, fishermen may use tube type floaters, life jackets or buoyant vests. Obtaining any type of bait from Refuge lands or waters is prohibited, as is taking of frogs and turtles.

Hand-powered boats are permitted only on Jed Johnson, Rush, Quanah Parker, Elmer Thomas, and French Lakes. Electric trolling motors are permitted on boats 14' or less in length on Jed Johnson, Rush, Elmer Thomas, and Quanah Parker Lakes.

Lake Elmer Thomas is located on the boundary between Fort Sill Military Reservation and the Refuge, and therefore enjoys cooperative management. The lake was drained for dam replacement in 1988, with the new dam completed in 1993. The lake was reopened to fishing in 1995 and all regulations apply to the entire surface area of the lake. Boats of any size are permitted on Lake Elmer Thomas, but a "no wake" speed limit is enforced lake-wide. Personal water craft, such as Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, Wave-Runners etc are prohibited.

Elmer Thomas has been stocked with both Florida and Northern largemouth bass, as well as smallmouth bass and a variety of other fish species. The Refuge portion of Lake Elmer Thomas features two fishing piers, a double-lane boat ramp with floating boat dock, and multiple artificial fish structures.

 
 
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