Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? Refuge headquarters may be reached from east and west by U.S. 60 and from north and south by Interstate 27 to U.S. 60. The entrance road is located 1.5 miles south of Umbarger, Texas on F.M. 168. Umbarger is 10 miles west of Canyon and 20 miles east of Hereford on U.S. 60, approximately 30 miles southwest of Amarillo, Texas.

When was it established? November of 1958.

How big is it? 7,664 acres.

Why is it here? The refuge was originally established to provide quality habitat in order to maintain the health and condition of birds wintering at Buffalo Lake Refuge.

What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including hiking, birding, wildlife photography, camping, picnicking, and wildlife observation.

Can I take photos on the refuge? The general public is encouraged to take wildlife-related photos within areas open for public use. Professional photographers wanting to access closed areas or whose subject matter is not specific to wildlife (i.e., professional portraits and commercial images) must apply for a Special Use Permit.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash.

Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine.