Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
Jet, OK 73749
One of nine National Wildlife Refuges in Oklahoma, Salt Plains is an excellent destination for the bird watcher, wildlife watcher, hunter, fisherman or gem seeker. As well as being habitat for over 300 species of birds, the refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area, a Member of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and critical habitat for the endangered whooping crane. Winter months are prime for eagle viewing, while spring and fall draw thousands of migrating waterfowl to the area. The trails, auto tour and outdoor activities are fun for all members of the family. Guided tours available with prior reservations. Those interested in fishing on the refuge or digging for the unique selenite crystals will need to visit the refuge between April 1st and October 15th from sunrise to sunset. No special permits are required to dig, but guests must stay in the designated digging area. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your selenite crystal digging excursion:
Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Naturalist on site, Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Restrooms, Waterfront Sites
General Information: Free admission
Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking
On-site Activities: Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Watchable Wildlife
Tour Information: Customized tours, Group Tours, Guided Tours, Self-guided tours
Refuge open from dawn to dusk. Office hours listed above. Summer Hours (Apr 1-Oct 15): Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.
Take Hwy 64 to Hwy 38, N to refuge entrance sign.
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