Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitor's Center

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitor's Center 20539 State Hwy 115
Hwy 115 & 49 Junction
Lawton, OK 73505

Phone: 580-429-3222

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)





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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.

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Ralph Bryant

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From Carmen. Pearson on 12/27/14

Thinking of coming to visit and do some phtography. What are the charges for me to do this if allowed? Thank You!

From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/07/14

Kathy, overnight camping within the refuge is available at the Doris Campground, which offers 47 tent sites, 23 RV sites with electric hookups and 20 sites located a short walking distance away along a trail. Backcountry camping is also available within the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. To see additional campgrounds, please select 'Campgrounds within 10 miles' under the map feature on this page. For more information, please call 580-429-3222. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOk.com!

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