Managing For Wildlife
The refuge actively manages these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you. Learn how!
Wildlife & Habitat
For centuries, flood waters of the Deep Fork River blanketed the landscape, periodically inundating the bottomland hardwood forests
Wildlife of the River
A gallery of images of wildlife that call Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge home.
See the Pictures
Visit us on Facebook!
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge maintains a Facebook page that is updated regularly with happenings around the refuge, special events, and photographs of what our visitors can expect to see and do while visiting us. Feel free to stop in, and to share any photographs that you might have taken while at the refuge!
The official Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge page
December 06, 2016
Small game hunting opportunities for squirrel, raccoon, and rabbit began on December 1; if you plan on hunting with us for any of these seasons please make sure that you have a signed General Hunting Permit on your person at all times while on the refuge. We are expecting a significant drop in temperatures in the area in the next few days, so please remember to practice cold weather safety! Bundle up and keep extra blankets, a flashlight, and water in your vehicle. USFWS Southwest Facebook
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge provides free environmental education programs for students ranging in age from Pre-K to High School. Refuge staff work with educators to provide programs that meet the current curriculum needs of a classroom. The free presentations can be done at the school or arrangements can be made for students to schedule a field trip to the refuge. Get Outside!
About the NWRS
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
Our new hunting brochure, which is full of everything that you need to know in order to hunt on the refuge, is now available! 2016-2017 Hunting Regulations
In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.” It was in the infancy of the Refuge System when President Roosevelt said, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”Working for Wildlife
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see migrating songbirds. After leaving their southern wintering grounds, the migratory birds begin arriving in March where the brightly colored males court the females before building a nest. Look for these beautiful, small birds, including eastern bluebirds, prothonotary warblers, painted and indigo buntings and more.
Page Photo Credits Dabbling Ducks / Marvin DeJong, Indigo Bunting / Dave Menke ©, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016