Come explore this unique refuge by hunting, fishing, birdwatching, crystal digging, viewing wildlife and hiking. The refuge is free to enter and is open everyday from sunrise to sunset except for fishing and crystal digging (open April 1 through October 15). Pets are allowed but must be on leash. Make sure to check out the visitor center located two miles south of State Highway 11 along County Road 710.
Learn all about visiting the refuge and the biology with the general brochure.
Location and Contact Information
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 32,197 acres in north-central Oklahoma. The refuge is composed of mixed-grass prairie, rolling sand hills, forested
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.
Learn more about riparian areas, herbaceous wetlands, open water (Great Salt Plains Reservoir), and salt flats.
What We Do
Many conservation tools like prescribed fire, heavy equipment, and chemical herbicides are used to manage the refuge for migratory and breeding birds, mammals, herps, fish and aquatic species. As well as connecting to the surrounding community and partners about environmental issues.
Projects and Research
The refuge has management programs focused on inventory and monitoring,
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.
Learn more about invasive species and habitat. The Visitor Services Program focuses projects on outreach, education and partnerships.