Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitor's Center

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitor's Center20539 State Hwy 115
Hwy 115 & 49 Junction
Lawton, OK 73505

Phone: 580-429-3222
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The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a one-of-a-kind destination in southwest Oklahoma. Located near Cache and Lawton, the refuge spans over 59,000 majestic acres and is home to free range buffalo, Texas longhorn cattle, prairie dogs, elk and deer. Hikers and photographers will be astounded by the amount of incredible scenery offered within the refuge.

Recreation opportunities include mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, camping, picnic areas and fishing. The on-site Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center features exhibits on wildlife and habitats of the Wichita Mountains, as well as interactive and changing displays, artwork, videos, films and a bookstore. Periodically throughout the year, guests can schedule nature and wildlife tours that depart from the headquarters office either by foot, on bus or a combination of both.

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  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Gift Shop, Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Restrooms

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • On-site Activities: Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing/Rappelling, Watchable Wildlife

  • Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)

Day

Open

Close

Sunday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Monday

8:00 am

6:00 am

Tuesday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Open during all holidays in the spring, summer and fall; Refuge open daily dawn to dusk.

Camping at Doris Campground:

Sites with electric: $20

Primitive sites (no water or electric): $10

Park & walk to primitive sites: $8

Backcountry camping at Charons Garden Wilderness Area available by advance reservation only. The permit costs $2 per person.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located 25 miles NW of Lawton. From I-44 take Hwy 49 (exit 45). Go W 10 miles to the Refuge gate. If coming from Hwy 62, take Hwy 115 (Cache exit) N to the Refuge gate. Continue N 2 miles to the E 1/4 mile. The Refuge Headquarters is located 6 miles W of the Visitor Center.

Primary Contact:

Ralph Bryant




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/08/2014

Elisabeth, there are two places at Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge that are open to public camping. Camp Doris, near Quanah Parker Lake, is a modern campground that provides 90 individual sites and three group sites for up to 30 people. Individual campsites at Doris Campground are on a first come, first serve basis and are not available for reservations. There are 47 sites without electricity for either tent or recreational vehicle campers at $10 per night. A total of 23 sites offer electricity only for either tent or recreational vehicle campers at $20 per night. If you're looking to park and then walk to your camping site, there are 20 sites that offer that for $8 each. There is also a designated portion of Charons Garden Wilderness Area that provides primitive, back country camping for a limited number of individuals by reservation. You must contact the park in advance and pay $2 per person to receive your permit. We are not sure how many days you can stay in the same spot, but the refuge staff will be able to answer that for you. Please call 580-429-3222. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Elisabeth Lawson on 07/08/2014

how much is it to tent camp and how many days are you allowed to camp?


 
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