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


Features

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    Managing For Wildlife

    The refuge actively manages these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you. Learn how!

    Resource Management

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    Wildlife & Habitat

    For centuries, flood waters of the Deep Fork River blanketed the landscape, periodically inundating the bottomland hardwood forests

    Learn more...

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    Wildlife of the River

    A gallery of images of wildlife that call Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge home.

    See the Pictures

  • Visit us on Facebook!

    Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge maintains a Facebook page that is updated regularly with happenings around the refuge, special events, and photographs of what our visitors can expect to see and do while visiting us. Feel free to stop in, and to share any photographs that you might have taken while at the refuge!

    The official Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge page

News

Hunting Season Information

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The 2019-2020 refuge regulations and hunting season is now available.

2019-2020 Deep Fork Hunting Tearsheet

A History of Conservation

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In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.” It was in the infancy of the Refuge System when President Roosevelt said, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”

Working for Wildlife
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Refuge News

Visit the refuge's Facebook page to see the latest happenings on the refuge, including upcoming events and photographs. The staff is always happy to provide programs and nature walks that showcase the refuge. Please call 918-652-0456 for details!

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Outdoor Classroom

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Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge provides free environmental education programs for students ranging in age from Pre-K to High School. Refuge staff work with educators to provide programs that meet the current curriculum needs of a classroom. The free presentations can be done at the school or arrangements can be made for students to schedule a field trip to the refuge.

Get Outside!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS