Temporary Closure of Refuge Campgrounds

The refuge is also temporarily closing Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area and the Narrows Area


The US Fish and Wildlife Service has suspended campground operations at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The health and safety of our visitors and employees is our number one priority. Due to the size of the campgrounds and the limited number of shared restroom and shower facilities, these closures are prudent under current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

The Service has also temporarily closed two areas within Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge because Service managers cannot at this time protect the health and safety of its employees or visitors to these parts of the refuge. The two areas are the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area and the Narrows area which includes Forty Foot Hole. With limited medical resources and limited personnel available, restricting access to these areas will help mitigate the risk to the public and to our first responders. The health and safety of our visitors, first responders, and employees is our number one priority and these closures are necessary under current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

Though the campgrounds, Wilderness and the Narrows area are closed, the rest of the refuge remains open.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the federal, state and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. A reopening date has not been determined at this time. We will notify the public when we reopen these sites and provide updates on our website and social media channels.

We urge our visitors to do their part when visiting Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and to follow CDC guidance and Governor Stitt’s Safer at Home Executive Order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by limiting group size to 10 persons, maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

Updates about Service’s response to coronavirus will posted at fws.gov/home/public-health-update.