Fishing & Boating
Plains NWR seeks to provide quality recreational opportunities
for all visitors. When these activities are found to be compatible
with the habitat management strategies of the refuge, the Fish
and Wildlife Service visitor priorities are: (in no particular
order) Hunting, Fishing, Wildlife Photography and Observation, Environmental Education and meaningful Interpretation of our wild places.
Areas open to these activities are managed for both humans and
wildlife. Special considerations are taken to insure quality experiences
while minimizing unnecessary disturbances to wildlife. Download Salt Plains Naitonal Wildlife Refuge's Public Use Regulation sheet here.
The Great Salt Plains Lake is well known as the premier
lake in northwest Oklahoma for excellent channel cat fishing.
The Byron State Fish Hatchery regularly stocks the lake
with channel catfish, hybrid striped bass and saugeye.
Fishing is allowed at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge beginning April 1st - October 15 annually. In addition to refuge regulations, ALL Oklahoma state fishing regulations apply.
Download Refuge Fishing Regulations
The Salt Plains Refuge maintains a 1200 acre area for public
hunting of migratory and upland game birds. Deer hunting
on the refuge is by permit drawing only. All other hunting
is prohibited and the remainder of the government lands
are closed to hunting.
Download Refuge Hunting Regulations
are administered in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation (ODWC). Deer hunters are drawn by ODWC. For details
about applications or to find out if you were drawn. Visit the
ODWC's controlled hunting website at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm
Boating on the lake is in accordance with Oklahoma boating
laws, Corps of Engineers regulations and the following restrictions
by the US Fish and Wildlife Service:
Boating permitted year round east of a north-south extension
of Hwy 38.
Boating permitted April 1 - October 15 south and east of
Refer to the refuge Fishing Regulations brochure (download available above) for buoy line locations.
April 13, 2010
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