Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

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Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Oklahoma

(918) 773-5252

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Overview

Nestled in the gently rolling foothills of the scenic Ozark Mountains, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is home to wildlife as unique as the bald eagle and as elusive as the bobcat. Fertile bottomlands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers make this east-central Oklahoma refuge a terrific wildlife viewing destination. Birdwatchers in particular will enjoy the abundant avian encounters that frequently occur in the Refuge.

Listen to the din of quacking mallards and honking geese in winter. Mallards by the thousands choose the Refuge as their seasonal home along the central flyway. They're joined by gadwall, pintail, teal, wigeon, shoveler and wood ducks, along with the largest flocks of snow geese in Oklahoma. Bald eagles that had once all but vanished, now nest on the Refuge. During the winter, visitors to the Refuge can see numerous eagles roosting in cottonwoods or swooping over the waters in search of fish or waterfowl.

Map of Sequoyah NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 35.449344, -95.015602

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is only one of the many fun activities allowed in the refuge.

  • Bird Watching

    Many migratory and resident birds can be seen in the refuge year-round. Winter is an excellent time to see Bald Eagles as they prepare for their nesting season. Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is home to a number of these nesting Bald Eagles; the most recent census showed a record of nearly 75 pairs utilizing the area. Beginning on January 23 through March 6, the refuge will be hosting Eagle Tours every Saturday. Several of the nests are visible from the road and the park also provides binoculars and spotting scopes to enhance visitors' experience of viewing the Eagles. Tours begin at 9 AM from the main office.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The most popular means of wildlife viewing on the refuge is via a 6-mile auto tour route. This self-guided route takes visitors through wooded, wetland and agricultural habitats located in Sandtown Bottoms. Migratory and resident birds, white-tailed deer, bobcats, river otters and beavers are commonly observed along this route.

  • Fishing

    The Refuge offers excellent fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, white bass, striped bass, black bass, and sunfish. Anglers can fish year-round, following State regulations.

  • Hiking

    Stroll along the paved, 1-mile Horton Slough nature trail which begins near the information kiosk at the refuge headquarters. The trail commonly features wood ducks and their broods, migrating and resident warblers, herons, and egrets. The trail follows the north shore of Horton Slough to a boardwalk and observation pier overlooking Sally Jones Lake, and returns along the south side of the slough.

    In addition, there is a 3/4-mile walking trail that meanders through riparian habitat in Sandtown Woods. Nesting bluebirds can often be seen along this trail.

  • Hunting

    The Refuge permits waterfowl and upland game hunting in designated areas, including Sandtown Bottom, Webbers Bottom, and Girty Bottom. Contact Refuge headquarters before hunting for current hunting regulations and maps.

Seasonality/Weather

Winter is the best time to see nesting Bald Eagles in the refuge.

Directions

Driving

Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is located in Sequoyah, Muskogee and Haskell Counties in east-central Oklahoma. The refuge headquarters and Sandtown Bottom unit are approximately three miles south of Interstate-40 at exit 297 (Vian, OK).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(918) 773-5252

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