Plan Your Visit


Welcome to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge!

Refuge Visitor Center  ***The Refuge Visitor Center remains suspended at this time. 8/12***

Daily:  9am to 5 pm (Central Time Zone)   
The Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. However, the Refuge will be open for regular outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, and picnicking. For a list of refuge activities and other general information, please consult other areas of this website or contact the Visitor Center at 580-429-2197.

Free of charge, seven days a week. At the Visitor Center, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with helpful information, including maps, brochures and checklists.  There are also a number of exhibits to enjoy and a short film to view.

Refuge Brochure

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge general brochure gives a helpful map, an overview of the refuge and some important regulations and details

Refuge Trails:
Free of charge, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. This is where you can enjoy wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, and photography. Sixteen designated trails of varying lengths total over 30 miles of nature trails that offer many exciting opportunities to enjoy and explore this biologically rich refuge.

All campgrounds are now by reservation only via As of July 2020, Doris Campground is only open to RVs, travel trailers, and pop-ups with their own self-contained bathrooms. Tents and vehicles without a bathroom are not allowed at this time. Additionally, bathrooms and the shower house remain closed in the campground.

Special Events, Tours and Activities  ***The Refuge events remain suspended at this time. 8/12***:
The refuge offers many exciting Special Events, Tours and Visitor Activities. Check out the Events Calendar and For Educators pages for other fun things to do.

Directions: From I-44 take Highway 49 (exit 45). Go west 7 miles to the Refuge gate or 14 miles to the Visitor Center. If coming from Highway 62, take Highway 115 (Cache exit) north to the Refuge Gate. You will find leaflet dispensers inside each of the Refuge gates that have maps and information. Contact the refuge Visitor Center for more information. See the Maps section of this website for additional directions. The lat/long for the refuge visitor center is 34.710644 and -98.623426.

For information on nearby lodging and businesses, contact the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce at 580-355-3541, or Medicine Park.