In the late 1800s, the hardwood forests and rivers that make up what is now Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge were the perfect hideout for many famous outlaws, including Frank and Jesse James, Belle Starr and the Daltons. Today, the refuge retains much of that remote and wild character. Hunters...
Bank and boat fishing are for largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, walleye, sauger, white and black crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish and bluegill. Refuge boat launch areas are at Vian Ramp, Tuff Ramp, Moody Ramp, Stoney Point Ramp, Sally Jones Ramp, Reeves Slough...
Biking is a good way to see wildlife, learn about habitats and photograph nature. Yield to pedestrians; many refuge routes are multi-use trails. Biking may be permitted at sites where it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose. E-bikes are permitted on any refuge roads and trails where traditional bicycle use is allowed, if it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose and the refuge manager determines it to be a compatible use.
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.
Many Fish and Wildlife Service sites make great destinations for flatwater canoeing or kayaking. Some sites have concessions that rent canoes or kayaks. Some sites offer scheduled paddle tours. See individual refuge websites for details.
Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
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.