WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE
This National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma, a region of small mountains with elevations over 2,400 feet, rocky outcroppings, canyons, some lakes and streams, oak forests, and areas of mixed grass prairie.
The Wildlife Refuge has two designated wilderness areas: the 5,000-acre Charons Garden Wilderness Area and the 3,500-acre North Mountain Wilderness Area. Wildlife includes elk, bison
(buffalo), white-tailed deer, longhorn cattle, and prairie dog.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on 15 miles of trails. Fishing is permitted along the refuge’s lakes. Hunting is prohibited.
I Camping Regulations: Backcountry camping is allowed by permit only, and is restricted to the Charons Garden Wilderness Area. Sites must be in one of two designated camping zones in the wilderness area. Campfires are forbidden.
Only 10 permits are issued at a time. Visits are limited to a 3-day period, which must commence either on a Friday or Monday. Reservations may be made up to 90 days in advance by mail or phone for a small fee.
For Further Information: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, RR #1, Box 448, Indiahoma, OK 73552; (405)429-3222.