Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge NW 51st St & N Stinchcomb Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73008

Phone: 405-297-3882
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Nestled in the northwest corner of Oklahoma City is the 1,000-acre Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, a serene haven perfect for bird watching, hiking, biking and fishing. The wildlife refuge is surrounded by a hardwood forest of oak and sycamore trees, many swamps and marshes, and brush perfect for concealing wildlife.

Bring a bicycle and ride through the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge's trails or explore the area on foot to see more of the beautiful surroundings. The area is also popular for kayaks and canoes, which travel on the North Canadian River/Oklahoma River through the entire wildlife ...

Nestled in the northwest corner of Oklahoma City is the 1,000-acre Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, a serene haven perfect for bird watching, hiking, biking and fishing. The wildlife refuge is surrounded by a hardwood forest of oak and sycamore trees, many swamps and marshes, and brush perfect for concealing wildlife.

Bring a bicycle and ride through the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge's trails or explore the area on foot to see more of the beautiful surroundings. The area is also popular for kayaks and canoes, which travel on the North Canadian River/Oklahoma River through the entire wildlife refuge. The Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge is bordered on the south by Lake Overholser.

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  • General Information: Free admission

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): Route 66, US-270

  • On-site Activities: Biking, Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking

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Sunday

5:00 am

11:00 pm

Monday

5:00 am

11:00 pm

Tuesday

5:00 am

11:00 pm

Wednesday

5:00 am

11:00 pm

Thursday

5:00 am

11:00 pm

Friday

5:00 am

11:00 pm

Saturday

5:00 am

11:00 pm




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/22/15

David, if Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge has overnight camping, that would be news to us! You can double check by calling the Oklahoma City Parks Department at 405-297-3882. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From David on 04/21/15

Is overnight camping allowed?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/17/14

JR, the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge trails are open only to hiking and mountain biking. However, you may be interested in the trails around Lake Draper, which are open to horseback riding. For more information, please use the search bar at the top of this page or call the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department at 405-297-3882. Happy trails and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From JR Dodd on 07/17/14

Is horseback riding allowed at Stinchcomb?


From Gerard on 04/23/14

Yes, Kayaks no longer require registration for tax purposes, but according to Miss Wright, Harbor Master Tech at Lake Hefner, a city boat permit is required for this body of water. You can purchase a daily or annual permit at Bass Pro which will cover all city and Close to Home lakes.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/31/14

Rick, thanks for your question, but unfortunately we don't know the answer to that. Please call the Oklahoma City Parks Department at 405-297-3882, and they'll be able to help you. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Rick on 03/30/14

My understanding for the Oklahoma Tax commission is that Kayaks not longer have to be registered. So how do you get a permit if you no longer have to register a kayak-


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/12/13

Larry, according to the City of Oklahoma City website, boating permits are required for use of any watercraft on city waters. This includes all authorized motorboats, personal watercraft, sailboats, ski boats, fishing boats, racing shells and water skulls, canoes, kayaks and any boats used for recreational and/or transportation purposes. Inflatable boats that are used for boating/fishing and is not categorized as a toy also require a permit. Boating permits are not required for fisherman floats/tubes. Since stand up paddle boarding is not explicitly mentioned, you may want to give the city a call to double check. Their number is 405-297-3882. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Larry on 08/11/13

Just curious if Stinchcomb waterway if FREE to SUPers! I'm passing through OKC and would like to SUP along the waterways, but it appears OKC wants to charge a daily use fee to get in the water.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/01/13

Linda, there is a small parking lot and trailhead located just north of the intersection of NW 50th St & N Stinchcomb Ave. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Linda on 07/01/13

How do I get to the trail?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/29/13

Jim, your best bet for picnic areas near the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge will be at Lake Overholser. If you'll visit our page for the lake, you can see a detailed map of the picnic area locations. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department at 405-297-3882. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jim on 04/26/13

Any picnic areas?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/22/13

Corey, we spoke with the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department today, and they confirmed that no four wheelers or dirt bikes are allowed at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From corey cofer on 04/20/13

Is fourwheeling/dirtbiking allowed at Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge and is any permit/license required? Where is the office? I heard on the news its a popular place for fourwheeling but not sure they are correct that it's allowed. Thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/28/13

Brian, Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge is open daily from 5am to 11pm. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From brian on 01/25/13

what time are people allowed in Stinchcomb wildlife refuge?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/21/12

Heather, yes pets on a leash are welcome at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge but please be aware that doggie bags are not provided in this remote area so don't forget to bring your own and clean up after your pet if necessary. Have a great hike and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Heather on 06/20/12

Are leashed pets allowed on the hiking trails?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/26/12

Rebekah, no there is no camping allowed in Oklahoma City parks. They are for day use only. For more information about camping in Oklahoma, please visit our camping page at www.travelok.com/Camping. Thank you for your question and for using TravelOK.com.


From Rebekah on 03/21/12

I love Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge but can I camp here overnight?


 
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