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Washita
National Wildlife Refuge


20834 E. 940 Rd
Butler, OK   73625 - 5001
E-mail: washita@fws.gov
Phone Number: 580-664-2205
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Washita/
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Fishing
Anglers enjoy fishing from shore or boat on the Washita River and upper end of Foss Reservoir. All applicable state laws must be followed. The sand bass run in the spring attracts the most anglers. Shoreline fishing is open year-round from the refuge boundary south of Lakeview Recreation Area all the way the northwest boundary west of the McClure Recreation Area.

Boating is permitted from March 15 through October 14. Excessive speed on refuge waters is a safety hazard; please be courteous.

Hunting
All hunting on the refuge must follow all state regulations, except as noted.

Certain portions of the refuge are open to quail and rabbit hunting. Season dates match the Oklahoma statewide season.

Please contact the refuge for information on goose and sandhill crane hunting by permit only.

Deer hunting is allowed through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Controlled Hunts Program. The refuge does not allow turkey, dove, or duck hunting.

Only shotguns using non-toxic shot are permitted for use during upland game seasons. Rifles may be used during the refuge deer hunts.

Interpretation
Stop in the refuge headquarters for information during office hours. Pick up a bird checklist and tips on birds to look for that day. An outdoor kiosk features a map and news about recreation, waterfowl, and seasonal birding.

Observation decks at the headquarters and at the Centennial Trail feature permanently mounted spotting scopes. An observation tower at Owl Cove provides an elevated platform for wildlife viewing near the Washita River Inlet.

An auto tour route ties together different features around the refuge. Interpretive signs are located at Lakeview, Pitts Creek, Owl Cove, the Headquarters, McClure, the Centennial Trail, the Hunt Field Gate and at Cheyenne Point. A brochure describing the sites is available at locations in route.

Wildlife Observation
Wintering flocks of geese and spring migratory birds attract wildlife watchers in abundance. In addition to the observation deck by headquarters, you'll find wildlife viewing from a deck at Owl Cove near the Washita River Inlet.

Don't miss the observation deck behind the office. You'll have an excellent view of wintering geese feeding in farm fields. Interpretive panels feature history of the Washita River, its birds and animals, and farming for wildlife.




Hours
The refuge office is open from 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday - Friday.

 
 
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