National Wildlife Refuge
|1661 W. JPG Niblo Rd
Madison, IN 47250
Phone Number: 812-273-0783
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|White-tailed deer and other wildlife call the refuge "home."|
The refuge hosts many school groups (from elementary to graduate school). We provide environmental education programs suited to the needs of the specific group (e.g., a primer on salamanders, conservation planning and management). If you are interested in an educational tour/program, please contact the refuge office to schedule your visit.
Fishing is permitted on Old Timbers Lake in accordance with State regulations. A random drawing is held at 7:00 AM on days the refuge is open (see refuge hours) to fill the 20-boat limit for the lake. Only trolling motors or rowing/paddling is allowed.
There are special white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunts held at the refuge. The refuge also holds youth hunts for deer and turkey. Approximately 800 deer and 100 turkeys are harvested each year.
The refuge provides special interpretive tours to interested groups. If you are interested in a special interpretive tour, please contact the refuge office at least two weeks before your visit to schedule.
The diversity of habitats at Big Oaks provides great opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, and photography. Hiking to enjoy such wildlife-dependent activities is also allowed in the day-use area around Old Timbers Lake, but presently no developed trails exist. As roads and bridges are improved, about 10,000 acres of such day-use activities will be available.
Refuge Headquarters - Open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday (7:00 am - 4:30 pm on public use days). Outdoor Facilities - Open from mid-April to November; 7:00 am to 4:30 pm; Monday, Friday, 2nd and 4th Saturday.
A daily permit is required of all visitors to the refuge. Access permits are available at the office ($3 Daily and $15 Annually); permits are waived for those 16 or under and holders of either a current Federal Duck Stamp ($15.00); a Golden Eagle Passport ($65.00); a Golden Age Passport for those 62 years of age or older ($10.00); or a Golden Access Passport, free for the blind or permanently disabled. There are no vehicle passes on the refuge (only holders of the previously mentioned passes can access without a fee). All visitors must attend a safety briefing and sign an acknowledgement of danger agreement (since the refuge is overlaid on a former Army test site).
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