Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? The refuge is located in eastern-central Oklahoma. Get directions here.

When was it established? December 11, 1970.

How big is it? 20,800 acres.

Why is it here? It was established to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, as well as food and cover for resident wildlife.

What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, photography, and wildlife observation.

Who is it named after? The name honors Sequoyah, a Native American who invented a Cherokee alphabet consisting of syllables that allowed his tribe to preserve their traditions and history in writing.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times.

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

When is it open? Refuge Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays. The refuge tour road and hiking trails are open every day -- the front entrance gate opens at 5am and closes 30 minutes after legal sunset.