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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...
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Red Slough Wildlife Management Area
Description: Red Slough WMA is a 5,814 acre project designed to restore hydrology and re-establish bottomland hardwoods. This property is enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program and is cooperatively managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Ducks Unlimited. Red Slough WMA has approximately 2,500 wetland acres, 2,900 acres of shrub, scrub, bottomland, hardwood habitat, and 400 acres of deeper water reservoirs.

It's home to over 288 species of birds, including state and regional rarities such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, wood storks, king rails, purple gallinules, yellow rails, and many more. Not only is Red Slough a premier birdwatching area, it is also a top waterfowl hunting destination. Thousands of mallards, gadwall, teal, pintail, and wigeon can be found during the waterowl season. Birdwatchers and hunters from as far away as Minnesota, South Carolina, Illinois, and California have come specifically to Red Slough to enjoy its diversity.

Wildlife to Watch: Red Slough is closed to motorized vehicles and the majority of wildlife viewing opportunities must be done on foot. Over 25 miles of mowed levees provide easy access across the project. Red Slough WMA also offers nine observation platforms to enhance the viewing opportunities.

Special Tips: Birding from the county roads (Mudline Road, Paschal Lane, and Appleberry Lane) offers many good views as well.

Other Activities: N/A

Ownership: USDA Forest Service, Ouachita NF, Tiak Ranger District 
Size: 5814 acres 
Closest Town: Idabel, OK

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Red Slough Ibis Flock - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
From Idabel, follow U.S. Highway 259 south approximately 18 miles. Turn left onto State Highway 87 and follow it for three miles. Turn left onto Mudline Road and access the heart of the project. From Texas, head north on U.S. Highway 259. Approximately 2 miles north of the Red River (Texas/Oklahoma state line), turn right onto State Highway 87. Follow State Highway 87 three miles and then turn left onto Mudline Road.

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Red Slough Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area