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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Jet

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The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States system of National Wildlife Refuges. It is located in Alfalfa County in northern Oklahoma, north of Jet (pop. 230), along Great Salt Plains Lake, which is formed by a dam on the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River.The refuge was established March 26, 1930 by executive order of President Herbert Hoover and contains 32080acre of protected land as habitat to approximately 312 species of birds and 30 species of mammals. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in June 1983.Refuge descriptionThe Salt Plains were a favorite hunting ground for American Indians. Bison and other game came to the area to eat the salt and the heavily-wooded and well-watered area along the Salt Fork River was like an oasis in the surrounding grassland of the Great Plains. Salt Plains refuge is divided into almost equal areas of non-vegetated salt flat, open water, and vegetated land. Marshes, woods, grassland, and cropland dot the refuge. Management tools used to enhance the habitat for wildlife include farming, grazing, prescribed burns, construction of ponds, and wetland draining and flooding.
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  • This place is way off the beaten path and many of the roads leading to it were closed for construction and you didn't know til you drove up on it. Made for a longer trip than it should have been tryin...  more »
  • My husband and I swung through this. The visitor center was closed due to a fire. There seems to be plenty of hiking trails. Thought it was cool that they have a catch/release pond for children under ...  more »
  • Our whole family - including kids ages 9, 7, 5, and 2 - loved digging and scavenging for crystals at the Salt Plains NWR. We were blessed with very mild temperatures, which made the day much more pala...  more »