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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  • My wife is an amateur wildlife photographer, so drove to the salt plains national wildlife refuge to spend an afternoon see if we could get some new and exciting photos. The park staff were very helpf...  more »
  • Just came back from an overbite trip to the refuge. The visitor center is under construction after it was destroyed by a fire last year. Some trails and a bird blind overlooking the lake. 50,000+ sand...  more »
  • Great place to take the kids to dig crystals. Hourglass selenite and sand gypsum crystals are everywhere. As well as a very unique ecosystem of insects seem nowhere else. Make sure your bring extra wa...  more »

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