Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    American Bison

    Enjoy views of North America's largest existing mammal, the bison. The refuge's herd includes approximately 650 of these herbivores.

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    New Field Guides

    Dr. Angel Chiri has created and donated free field guides covering a small sample of the bugs and spiders of the Wichita Mountains area.

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    The refuge's rugged landscape is the result of over half a billion years of geologic change and adaptation.

    Rugged ranges


Campground Re-opening

Doris Campground has reopened with a limited number of sites available. Camping is by reservation only via Guests are required to camp in RVs, travel trailers, or pop-ups with self-contained bathrooms. Tent camping are not allowed at this time. Campsite check in will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. only.

Seeking Public Input

April 15, 2021

The refuge is proposing to update the fishing program and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes that include expanding fishing to allow shoreline fishing in Kiowa Lake in conjunction with USFWS sponsored aquatic education programs.

Refuge Proposes Changes to Fishing Program

Safety Closures During Controlled Hunts

The refuge will temporarily close portions of the public use area select days in November, December, and January to conduct controlled hunts. Controlled hunts will be conducted on November 17-19 for white-tailed deer and on November 30-December 3, December 14-17, 2020, and January 4-7, 2021, for elk. Closed areas will change for each hunt.

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Mount Scott Roadway is Open

Our visitors are super excited about the re-opening of Mount Scott! We want to make sure you have the correct information. The Mount Scott Roadway is a shared resource, open to the public from sunrise until sunset. User groups are regulated Friday-Sunday.

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Featured Stories

Wilderness on Wichita Mountains WR


Did you know Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge includes 8,570 acres of designated wilderness?

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Featured Stories

Volunteer Experiences


There are many opportunities to volunteer on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. An amazing experience you won't soon forget!

Making a difference for wildlife...

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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