Milkweed Seeds On The Move

The seeds you see blowing today will be baby milkweed next spring, feeding another generation of monarchs. Photo by Judd Stanislawski

Milkweed Seeds On The Move


Check here for the 2018 Public Use Calendar!

Old Timbers Lake

Refuge schedule and other info in this section!

Refuge Calendar and Other Info

Conservation Planning

Henslow's Sparraow

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

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Take a Kid Fishing

Take a Kid Fishing

Public Use opening

Take a Kid Fishing Day at Big Oaks NWR July 14!

Take a Kid Fishing Day

2018 Deer Hunt

Refuge Season Set


Archery, primitive muzzleloader, and firearm hunts!

Deer Hunting at Big Oaks NWR

Navigation Aid

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.


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