- The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964, on the Walter F. George Reservoir. Locally called Lake Eufaula, it was formed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impounding the Chattahoochee River. The Refuge, located 40 miles south of Columbus, Georgia, consists of 11,184 acres with more than 4,200 in open water. The boundary includes portions of Alabama (7,953 acres in Barbour and Russell counties) and Georgia (3,231 acres in Stewart and Quitman counties). Presently, the Refuge manages an additional 21 Farmers Home tracts in SE Alabama and SW Georgia. This adds 1,675 acres to the refuge's management program.
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Eufala National Wildlife Refuge
Habitat types include riparian areas, seasonally manipulated wetland impoundment's, upland old fields, agricultural fields, hedge rows, pine and hardwood uplands, and hardwood bottom lands. Management provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, brood habitat for wood ducks, and promotes a diversity of flora and fauna including endangered and threatened species, resident species and neotropical migrant birds. At times there are an abundance of sand islands, spits and sandbars in the lake.
Recreation - Recreational activities in the Chocktaw Wildlife Refuge Park include trails, an auto tour route, fishing, observation towers (2), wildlife observation, photography and hunting (including youth hunts.)
Managed hunts are permitted for dove, deer, waterfowl, squirrel, and rabbit. The adult-youth deer hunt and the waterfowl hunts are quota hunts (limited to a given number of hunters). The dove, archery-deer, squirrel, and rabbit hunts are not limited. User fees apply only to the adult-youth deer and waterfowl hunts
The refuge provides year-round bank fishing or fishing by boat in waters within the refuge boundaries.
The Refuge is open to visitors during day light hours. For wading and waterbirds, we direct visitors to one of four impoundment's, three of which have active nesting colonies of several species. Access these areas by automobile, walking and biking. For migratory songbirds, we suggest
walks into wooded areas around the wildlife drive or other areas.
Refuge tours are provided for organized scout, school, and church groups or other organizations. Off-refuge programs are provided to civic
groups, school classes, or any other organization.
Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
The refuge is located 5 miles north of Eufaula, AL, on U.S. Hwy. 431 then 1.5 miles on 165 north.