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20834 East 940 Road
Butler, OK   73625
E-mail: washita@fws.gov
Phone Number: 580-664-2205
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Optima National Wildlife Refuge
Located in the middle of the Oklahoma panhandle, the 4,333-acre Optima National Wildlfie Refuge is made up of grasslands and wooded bottomland on the Coldwater Creek arm of the Optima Reservoir.

Getting There . . .
Follow Highway 3 two miles north of Hardesty, Oklahoma.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The bottomland habitat is dominated by mature cottonwood and tallgrass prairie species such as big bluestem, little bluestem and indiangrass. Shortgrass prairie species such as buffalo grass, blue gramma, sandsage, and yucca are found at the higher elevations.

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Optima Dam was completed in 1978. The intended purpose of the refuge was to provide migration and wintering habitat for the shortgrass prairie population of Canada geese and the high plains population of mallards.

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