Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Outdoor Women Day Canceled

Outdoor Woman

In keeping with the guidance from CDC, Outdoor Women Day scheduled for June 13, 2020 has been canceled.

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Spring Turkey Hunt Canceled

Wild Tom

In keeping with guidance from the CDC, the turkey hunt scheduled for April 22 through May 10, 2020 has been canceled

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Public Use is Postponed due to COVID-19

Public Use Opening Postponed

Old Timbers Lake

In Keeping with the guidance from the CDC the public use opening for Big Oaks has been postponed

Refuge Calendar and Other Info

Navigation Aid

Use this map!

PDF Map3

Check this out for a cool navigation aid while you are on the refuge! Link below goes to PDF file.


Conservation Planning

Conservation Planning

Henslow's Sparraow

Big Oaks begins planning process. Stay tuned for future public participation opportunities!

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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