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Change is constant at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Seasons, life cycles, and migrating animals make each visit to the refuge a new experience. There are a multitude of opportunities to connect with nature at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to recreate on the refuge during daylight hours.


Related Documents

Thousands of people come to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge each year to enjoy various wildlife recreational activities. We encourage visitors to utilize the resources below to help prepare for their visit.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations and Permit 2022-2023 Brochure

Public hunting on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is permitted on approximately 18,000 acres.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler Complex.


Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
3121 Visitor Center Road Decatur, AL 35603


The Wildlife Observation Building, Wildlife Photography Blind, and Visitor Center Grounds/Trails will operate 7 days/week from 9:00-5:00.  The Visitor Center building itself will remain closed through the winter as work will continue in the interior of those buildings.  Portable toilets will be available outside.

The Visitor Center building will be closed for renovations through Spring 2023 (estimated).  For your own safety, do not enter active construction sites on the refuge.  Refuge information, maps, hunt permits, and trail guides will be available at the information kiosk outside of the visitor center front gate.  Visitors needing further assistance should call (256) 350-6639 Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00.  Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call and we will call you back.

Those wanting to purchase an Interagency Park Pass should call (256) 250-6639 ahead of time to make an appointment and arrangements to buy the pass on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

ALL VISITOR CENTER FACILITIES AND GROUNDS ARE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS FOR THE 2022 HOLIDAY SEASON: Christmas Eve (Saturday 12/24), Christmas Day (Sunday 12/25), New Years Eve (Saturday 12/31), and New Years Day (Sunday 1/1).

Visitor Center Hours: March - October
9 am - 4 pm
Visitor Center Hours: November 1-11
7 days/week
Visitor Center Hours: November 12 - February 28
7 days/week
9 am - 5 pm
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Administrative Office