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Deep Fork
National Wildlife Refuge


The scene of the bottomland hardwood forest can be viewed at the Deep Fork NWR boardwalk.
P.O. Box 816
Okmulgee, OK   74447
E-mail: lori_jones@fws.gov
Phone Number: 918-652-0456
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/deep_fork/
Deep Fork NWR is comprised of bottomland hardwood forests.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge provides educational opportunities for local schools. Staff members will take students on guided walks through the bottomland forests, provide hands-on water quality monitoring activities, talk about animals and conduct skins and skull presentations. If the students can’t come to the Refuge, refuge staff members will come to the classroom to give presentations on environmental topics.

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Fishing
Anglers wishing to wet a line in the Deep Fork River will find excellent sport fishing within the Refuge. The Deep Fork River provides feeding and spawning habitat for many sport fish native to east central Oklahoma. Fifty-nine fish species have been identified from the river, streams, and reservoirs of the Deep Fork River basin and many are likely to be found in Refuge waters.

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Hunting
The Refuge currently offers migratory bird hunting (duck), small game hunting (squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon), and large game hunting (white-tailed deer, feral hog, and turkey) during state seasons.

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Interpretation
Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk trail and Montezuma Creek parking area host several interpretive panels which allow visitors to improve their knowledge of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem and the wildlife that relies upon the forest for food, shelter, and nesting space. These areas are open 24 hours a day for the public to use.

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Wildlife Observation
The Refuge has two observation blinds - one located at the Cussetah Bottoms boardwalk area and one located in Coalton Bottoms. Overlooks can be found at Cussetah Bottoms boardwalk area and at the River Overlook off of Coalton Road in the Doneghy Unit. Visitors are welcome to observe and photograph wildlife year-round on all parts of the refuge with public access. Visitors should see peak numbers of birds during spring migration.

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Hours
Open 24 hours per day.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fee.

 
 
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