Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Campgrounds and Other Services Remain Suspended

Hiking Trails - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
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Oklahoma – The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the temporary suspension of campground operations and other visitor services at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge on March 20. These suspensions and closures remain in effect. Managers at the Refuge are actively working to develop a phased approach to restore these services; however, the health and safety of our visitors and employees remains our number one priority.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. A reopening date has not been determined at this time and closures remain prudent under current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. We will notify the public when we reopen these sites and provide updates on our website and social media channels.

We continue to urge our visitors to do their part when visiting Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

Updates about Service’s response to coronavirus will posted at https://www.fws.gov/home/public-health-update.html.

Please check our website for updates and changes of operations or postponement of events and programs https://www.fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains/.

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