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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Jet

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Wildlife Area
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 family went on a hourglass crystal digging trip. It was very windy but otherwise pleasant with the temperature at the lower 80s. It was beautiful toward sunset. Drinking water, and plenty of sunblo...  more »
  • Stopped by on way to Kansas one time - have returned 2 more times better equipped. Is an addictive form of treasure hunting and the finds are fun to share with my family and coworkers. Read up on tips...  more »
  • When down on the salt bed it was easy to imagine yourself on the moon's surface. The flat, white grainy surface is broken up by holes in the ground giving the look of craters. Bring digging tools and ...  more »