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Wichita Mountains
Wildlife Refuge

The mosaic of granite boulders, wildflowers, lakes and forest create a wide variety of habitats at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
32 Refuge Headquarters
Indiahoma, OK   73552
E-mail: wichitamountains@fws.gov
Phone Number: 580-429-3222
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Spring at Wichita Mountains. Photographer: Sam Waldstein, June 2002
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Tours and education programs on the refuge are offered seasonally by reservation. Contact the Refuge for information concerning these programs.

There are 13 Public Use Lakes on the Refuge which provide ample fishing opportunities for both bank and boat anglers. Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish are likely to be caught in Refuge lakes.

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The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge hosts two of Oklahoma's most popular controlled hunts, the annual elk and deer hunts. Set amidst granite mountains and prairie grasslands, the hunt is 2 1/2 days of exhilarating scenery, and possibly the finest hunt of your lifetime. While the white-tailed deer herd is native to the area, the elk herd started in 1911-1912 when Rocky Mountain elk were reintroduced from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Wildlife Observation
Enjoy your visit to the Wichitas but you might want to bring your binoculars. Most wildlife are wary of humans. Binoculars, spotting scopes and telephoto camera lenses will help you get a close-up view without disturbing the animals.

There are over 22,400 acres of wildlife habitat open for hiking, observing wildlife, photography and other recreational uses. Picnicking is available at four locations. Fifteen miles of hiking trails are established, and over 40 miles of paved roads will help you access the areas open for wildlife observation.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

Our office hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday, except Holidays

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