Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Refuge Season Set


Archery, primitive muzzleloader, and firearm hunts!

Deer Hunting at Big Oaks NWR

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.

Public Use opens July 20th

Public Use Begins July 20th

Old Timbers Lake

Beginning July 20, 2020, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will open for public use on Mondays and Fridays, as well as the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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