Public Use Opportunities

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Visitor Opportunities and Refuge Regulations: The refuge is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Big game archery hunts (white tailed deer)

Small game gun hunts (squirrels, rabbits, raccoons)

Fishing:  The refuge is open to sport fishing year-round except in designated waterfowl sanctuaries. Contact the Refuge Manager for special regulations concerning fishing.

Boating (ramps and parking)   The refuge boat ramp is located just south of the office. CAUTION: Many areas are shallow and contain underwater stumps.

Hiking: Walking through the woods or along refuge roads is permitted. Access is limited.

Photography: Photographic opportunities are abundant throughout the year.

Wildlife observation

Information kiosk and cypress swamp overlook: An information kiosk is located at the North end of the refuge.

Pets: Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Firearms: Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations(50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).

Please keep your refuge wild—take your litter home. Trash receptacles are not available on the refuge.

No Camping: Although camping is not allowed on the refuge, campsites are available at nearby Corps of Engineers facilities and private campgrounds.

No Swimming:
For your safety, swimming is not allowed due to dangerous currents and alligators.

No Fires:
Wildfires are a serious threat to wildlife and people. Fires are not permitted.

The collecting of natural objects or objects of antiquity is prohibited.

Area Closed: Between December 1 and March 1 some areas are temporarily closed to public entry to provide sanctuary to the wintering waterfowl.


Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge Brochure  with refuge map.

Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge Regulations Brochure  with refuge map.

Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge Fact Sheet