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General Information

Description - Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect and preserve an important tract of bottomland hardwood forest and wetland habitat along the Deep Fork River for the benefit of migratory birds and other native fish and wildlife resources. Most of the Refuge is within the 100-year floodplain, and over 80 percent of it floods annually.


The Refuge is characterized by bottomland hardwood forests with oxbows, sloughs, marshes, and small streams scattered throughout. It contains some stands of mature timber, but most of it has been harvested in the past and supports regenerated stands of oak, pecan, elm, hickory, ash, sugarberry, walnut, riverbirch, willow, and other hardwood trees with understory shrubs, vines, sedges and grasses. Pin oak, shumard oak, bur oak, and red oak are the most common oaks found. The soils in the bottoms are predominantly clay.


A diversity of wildlife is supported by the rich variety of habitats and plants that are found in the bottomlands. Two hundred and fifty-four species of birds utilize the Refuge. The numerous wetlands support ducks, herons, egrets, and kingfishers. Raptors, woodpeckers, and songbirds are abundant. The Refuge provides excellent nesting habitat for warblers, videos, flycatchers, buntings, and swallows. It is also an important nesting area for wood ducks. Wintering waterfowl utilize the sloughs and wetlands along the Deep Fork River. Mallards are the most common.


Fifty-one species of mammals have been identified from the Deep Fork River bottom. White-tailed deer are abundant. Squirrels and rabbits populations are very good. The swamp rabbit is common in the bottoms.

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Filed By: Joe Michie (Okmulgee, OK)
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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The portion of Deep Fork I frequently visit is south of Okmulgee. Take 75 South just past Montazuma Creek to Cedar Road. This is a westward dirt road that 'T's'. At the 'T' head North. You can't miss it. Some of my most memorable visits are in the mornings of late winter. Ice in the small creeks. Deer Everywhere. This wildlife refuge is so full of life it's overflowing. There are so many placeses to investigate. I spend the majority of my time hiking the deer trails. They seem to go on forever. Spring was an unexpected adventure with the construction of the beautifully made walkways. It's such a cool experience to walk through the flooded refuge on the elevated walkways. It's a great way to experience the wildlife. You can really get into the woods find a comfortable spot above the water line and just experience the refuge in an entirely new way. It almost feels like your at the zoo. I think the most amazing characteristic of the entire deepfork refuge area is changing invironment. Every time I return to the area it's almost completely different. One day the entire refuge could be underwater. This causes more activity among the beaver population. There are a lot of beaver out ther. On another day the entire area can be bone dry. Which tends to bring the deer in a little closser. They are more than likely searching for a drink. I am completely amazed at the amount of water foul that migrate through the area each year. I really enjoy seeing the birds that you don't see everyday. One of the most important things that the refuge is to me is that it is a peaceful place. It's a calm enviroment. It's a place that always has something new to show me. If you are reading this, you have to go out there just after the flooding has receded and the earth has just begun to dry. Don't wait until it's totally dry because you will miss out on the experience. The refuge becomes a very unique and strange environment to explore. Peacefully, Joe God Bless


More Information

Contact Information:
Deep Fork NWR, P.O. Box 816 , Okmulgee, OK, 74447, Phone: 918-756-0815
, r2rw_df@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Oklahoma National Wildlife Refuges -

Links:
Deep Fork NWR - Official agency website

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