Visitor Activities

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Come out and enjoy Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge!

  • Crystal Digging

    Crystal digging is permitted from April 1 through October 15, sunrise to sunset. The digging area is closed from October 16th through March 31st, as the entire refuge is designated critical whooping crane habitat.

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  • Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails

    Thousands of acres of the refuge are open to the public that include nature trails, boardwalks and overlooks designed to help you experience and enjoy this amazing landscape.

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  • Hunting

    The refuge offers opportunities to hunt ducks, geese, cranes, pheasant, quail, mourning doves and whitetail deer. These are by permit drawing only and done in order to keep hunters spaced out and to ensure public safety and a quality hunt. 

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  • Fishing

    Great Salt Plains Lake is well known for excellent channel catfishing. The state regularly stocks the lake with channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, and saugeye (walleye/sauger hybrid).

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  • Boating

    Boating on the lake is in accordance with Oklahoma boating laws, and regulations of the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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