Visitor Activities

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset every day. You can observe and photograph wildlife, hike, or fish.

  • Wildlife Viewing & Nature Trails


    Miles of nature trails offer many exciting opportunities to enjoy and explore this biologically rich refuge. There are excellent viewing and photography opportunities for bison, deer and elk.

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  • Interpretation & Environmental Education


    The refuge serves nearly 28,000 learners on a yearly basis through its environmental education program.  They range in age from preschoolers to adults and senior citizens. Educational opportunities range from structured classes and tours to interpretive exhibits.

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  • Tours


    Explore the Refuge with a local naturalist on an interpretive bus or hiking tour.

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  • Hunting


    The refuge offers controlled hunts for elk and deer.  These public hunts are some of the most popular offered in Oklahoma and were established to ensure healthy populations of the Rocky Mountain elk and white-tailed deer herds were maintained on the refuge. 

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  • Fishing


    Several lakes provide quality fishing opportunities. Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish are primary game fish.  State and refuge regulations apply.

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  • Picnicking


    There are a number of day-use developed picnic areas on the refuge. These provide a great opportunity to observe wildlife and habitat. 

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  • Camping


    Camp Doris, near Quanah Parker Lake, a modern campground, provides 90 individual sites and 3 group sites for up to 30 people.
    A designated portion of Charons Garden Wilderness Area provides primitive, back country camping for a limited number of individuals by reservation/permit.
    Fawn Creek Campground is reserved for youth groups.

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  • Rock Climbing

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    Rock climbing in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is popular and opportunities vary from easy to highly technical climbs.

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  • Special Events


    The refuge hosts and takes part in many special events throughout the year. 

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