Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Jet

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#9 of 10 in Wildlife in Oklahoma
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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  • July 18, 2017
    You must read all the reviews! There is some very good information so that you can go prepared. Bring shovels, something to lay on (the salt is rough), water, and something to drink. Even after resear...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    We were on our way through Oklahoma on back roads and came across signs for the Salt Plains. There were several locations to pull off with great views and some with information plaques giving informat...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    How can you go wrong visiting a great salt plain in land locked Oklahoma? It seriously looks like you are on the beach The salt crusts on the earth it goes on for a long time into straight horizon. Wa...  more »

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