Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Help Count Butterflies!

July 31, 2021 Monarch Butterfly

Annual Butterfly Survey at Big Oaks NWR on July 31st

Annual Butterfly Survey

Ice Cream Social

August 2, 2021 Oakdale School

Ice Cream Social at Historic Oakdale School on August 52nd!

Ice Cream Social at Oakdale School

Use this map!

PDF Map3

Check this out for a cool navigation aid while you are on the refuge! Link below goes to PDF file.

Deer Hunt Info

Refuge Season Set


Archery, primitive muzzleloader, and firearm hunts!

Deer Hunting at Big Oaks NWR

Public Use Opening For 2021

Public Use Days 2021

Old Timbers Lake

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Public Use. Look here for the 2021 schedule.

Refuge Calendar and Other Info

Conservation Planning

Conservation Planning

Henslow's Sparraow

Big Oaks begins planning process. Stay tuned for future public participation opportunities!

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS