Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Jet
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is located in Jet. A visit to Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Jet vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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First of all, it is a pity the state does not take care of this place. That being said, we did look for fossils and found the whole idea intriguing. You really don't need to dig too much. We started t... read more »
Excellent automobile trail through the refuge. Saw a couple of deer but that's it. Appears to be very dry and overgrown.
Fun place to dig for crystals. Families all over, kids enjoying digging in the sand. We had a picnic lunch after digging for awhile. Going back to dig some more. Peaceful place, it is wheelchair acces... read more »
You are guaranteed to see many different birds with each visit. Many of the birds you will have a hard time finding anywhere else in Oklahoma. There is limited hiking, but the short trail along State Highway 11 will give you a nice viewing area for birds along the lake's shoreline. It is a short trail, but the views are worth it. It is important to bring bug repellent because the mosquitoes are very prevalent. As for digging for crystals, it is fun also. Just make sure you go during the months it is allowed (April 1 - Oct 15). You will get dirty, but it is to be expected digging in the sand. Remember to bring your own digging tools, water and sunscreen because it is an absolute necessity.
This is a interesting place to visit it's not what you'd expect to see in Oklahoma or at least I didn't. It has beautiful views unusual wildlife and is maintained nicely. If your ever in the area definitely worth checking out.
Fun family adventure! Hopefully the change i added to google maps makes it easier for you to find this. The original way took you to the actual lake. Not to the digging area. They are in opposite directions and miles aways from each others entrances.
Digging for crystals is easy, but bring water to soften and clean yourselves and your crystals. It's a long way to any car wash afterwards, and your vehicle will have residue of salt that requires a car wash that has the chamois touch. Touch free will NOT be enough (even after 2 washes). Bring a small shovel, collander, and a large container to dig and collect, as well as wash off the sand and dirt. Beach sand castle tools for the kids. It can get windy, and salty, so careful about packing lightweight items with you. Bring a cooler of water, sunscreen, and even a few towels n wash cloths because it is dirty, thirsty work that's really fun. Little kids will love it, and adults can jump in, or just let the kids do their thing. Can be difficult to find, Hwy 64 between Cherokee and Jet, NOT at the state Park. So make sure you know where the Crystal Digging is if that's the area you want. You won't be sorry for the trip, it can be a long drive, but so worth it!!
This is a great, relatively hidden place to explore! Bring plenty of water, shovels, and buckets for the crystals: they're everywhere underground, and you'll definitely find as many as you want. It was difficult to find the salt mines, but once we got there, it was a terrific experience.
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