Facility Activities

Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities for anyone looking to spend some time outdoors. If you have 10 minutes or all day, come see what we have to offer. Grab your fishing pole or a pair of binoculars and spend some time enjoying nature.

Archery Deer: November 4 to November 30, 2024. Controlled hunt only. Lottery administered through Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.

Year-round fishing is permitted on the Deep Fork River and the Montezuma Creek fishing area, Fishing is allowed March 1-October 31 on the sloughs, farm ponds and impoundments not connected to the Deep Fork River. Primary fishing is bank and small-boat fishing in the Deep Fork River for channel...

The refuge has over 40 miles of roads and trails that are open to the public for foot access. These trails meander through the variety of habitats found on the refuge, from bottomland hardwood forests to grassland areas and pecan orchards. 

The forested wetlands of Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge are a remnant of a habitat that once covered 2.2 million acres of Oklahoma. This habitat provides important cover, food and breeding areas for migrating waterfowl, as well as for mammals like cottontail and swamp rabbits, beavers,...

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.

The refuge offers a variety of ranger-led and environmental education programs. Programs are free. For more information, contact the refuge.

Trapping on the refuge is managed through special use permit. Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. Contact the refuge headquarters for more information.

Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.