Red Slough Wildlife Management Area
The Red Slough Wildlife Management Area is a premier watchable wildlife area in southeastern Oklahoma. To date, 312 bird species have been documented within its 5,814 acres of marshes, wetlands, lakes and forestland, including many species which are rare and not regularly found elsewhere within the state. Birders have likened this area to the gulf coast habitats of Florida and Louisiana. Unique species such as the roseate spoonbill, purple gallinule, white ibis, wood stork, yellow rail and black-bellied whistling duck have brought visitors from several states and countries to the slough. Waterfowl hunting is also popular during the winter months, as thousands of ducks converge on Red Slough. Mallards, teal, gadwalls and pintails are the most common waterfowl species harvested. A waterfowl refuge area has been established around five major reservoirs and no entrance is allowed between October 15 and January 31.
The American Alligator also has a presence at the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, and the prime season for activity is March through October. The Red Slough Wildlife Management Area is the only documented breeding area for the American Alligator in Oklahoma, with about one nest found each year. Additional rules and regulations for visitors can be found on the website and in the Oklahoma hunting regulation guide. The area is cooperatively managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.