|Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge|
Protecting important wetlands along the Deep Fork River, Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oklahoma is a newcomer to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Established in 1993, the 8696-acre refuge is subject to flooding at least once a year. This flooding results in excellent condition...
Washita National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: 80,000 geese punctuate the quiet beauty of the 8075-acre Washita National Wildlife Refuge each winter. Within the refuge, the slow-moving Washita River winds through prairie and farmlands to merge with Foss Reservoir, providing a home and resting area for geese and other waterfowl. Gently rolling hills, ravines, and bottomlands laced with creeks shelter wildlife as common as white-tailed deer and as unusual as the Texas horned lizard, a State endangered species.|
Wildlife to Watch: Wintering flocks of geese and spring migratory birds attract wildlife watchers in abundance. In addition to the observation deck by headquarters, you'll find wildlife viewing from a deck at Owl Cove near the Washita River Inlet.
Don't miss the observation deck behind the office. You'll have an excellent view of wintering geese feeding in farm fields. Interpretive panels feature history of the Washita River, its birds and animals, and farming for wildlife.
Special Tips: An auto tour route ties together different features around the refuge. Interpretive signs are located at Lakeview, Pitts Creek, Owl Cove, the Headquarters, McClure, the Centennial Trail, the Hunt Field Gate and at Cheyenne Point. A brochure describing the sites is available at locations in route.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 8075 acres
Closest Town: Butler
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