Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Rt 1, Box 76
Jet, OK 73749

Phone: 580-626-4794
Fax: 580-626-4793
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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 are available with prior reservations.

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 are 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:

Use a shovel to dig a hole approximately two feet wide by two feet deep until you reach a wet, sandy area.

Using water that has seeped in from the hole or your own container, rinse the sides of the hole. This will wash away the soil from the crystals.

When you find a crystal, do not pull on it. Continue gently rinsing with your hand until it is free of the sand and clay.

Crystals are very delicate when wet. Allow them to dry before extensive handling.

Recommended crystal digging supplies: sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, gardening shovel, drinking and rinsing water, small bucket, container to transport crystals, change of clothing and shoes.

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  • 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

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Open

Close

Monday

7:30 am

4:00 pm

Tuesday

7:30 am

4:00 pm

Wednesday

7:30 am

4:00 pm

Thursday

7:30 am

4:00 pm

Friday

7:30 am

4:00 pm

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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Greg Birkenfeld




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/27/15

Jessica, at Great Salt Plains State Park, tent camping starts at $12 per night and RV camping starts at $20 per night. There is no fee for crystal digging and bird watching. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the state park office at 580-626-4731. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From jessica on 03/26/15

What is the cost to camp dig and bird watch?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/05/15

Susan, the Eagle Watch is free, but reservations are required. To ensure they receive your request, please call 580-626-4794. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From susan greiner on 01/04/15

I'd like to sign up for the eagle watch for 4, possibly 5 people. Either Jan.10th or 17th. Saturday eve. Is there a fee? My#5802166981. Thank you


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/13/14

Beau, primitive camping is allowed at Great Salt Plains State Park. You can see that map by clicking on the park's link at the top right side of this page. From there, look for the red link for campground maps under 'More Information.' For any other info, please call the park at 580-626-4731. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From beau on 01/10/14

how do i get a map of where the primitive campsites are?


From Becky McCray on 02/11/10

This is an amazing place to see wildlife! The driving tour is a wonderful trip through different environments. And crystal digging is an experience not to be missed! Plan to get dirty!


 
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