There are many activities available at this refuge including: hunting, fishing, driving the auto tour, birding, watching wildlife, photography and crystal digging. 

The Selenite Crystal Digging Area is open for crystal digging April 1 through October 15 from sunrise to sunset and is located 66003 Garvin Road, Cherokee, OK 73728. During this time and in specific areas, anyone can dig for free selenite crystals on the salt flats. Visitors are permitted to remove up to 10 pounds of crystals, plus one large cluster for their personal use. Visitors can still view the salt flats when the dig area is closed from the observation tower.


Seven trails and one auto tour are open from sunrise to sunset. Trails may be closed during controlled hunts, prescribed fires and for required maintenance. Five trails and the Harold F. Miller Auto Tour are open all year: Eagle Roost, Hoot Owl, Casey Tower Overlook, Sandpiper and Jet Recreation. Two fishing trails are open seasonally during April 1 to October 15. 



Visitor Center and Headquarters
71189 Harper Road Jet, OK 73749-4953
Visitor Center Hours
Currently closed for remodel
Currently closed for remodel
Selenite Crystal Dig Area
66003 Garvin Road Cherokee, OK 73728
Driving Directions

This address will get you to the gate. From the gate, drive about a mile to the dig area marked with bright orange signs. Crystal digging is only allowed in the dig area, all other areas are closed to protect nesting birds.

Selenite Crystal Dig Area
Open everyday from April 1 through October 15
Sunrise to sunset