The refuge is a popular place to enjoy fishing, hunting, paddling, bird watching and nature photography. There are several hiking and paddling trails that will introduce you to the refuges’ habitats and let you experience wildlife. A boat launch in Franklin provides access to refuge waterways and paddle trails. Bird-watching from the levee trails is recommended during spring migration. Squirrel hunting is a popular tradition in the fall. Please be aware that some trails may be closed to hikers during hunting season.