The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best bird watching in Oklahoma. There are more than 300 species of protected birds that live in and can be seen in the refuge. As well, the refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area, a Member of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and critical habitat for the endangered whooping crane. Winter months are prime for eagle viewing, while spring and fall draw thousands of migrating waterfowl to the area.
At the Refuge, you can also dig for treasures. The Refuge is the only spot in the world where crystal enthusiasts can dig for hourglass selenite crystals, a rare and fragile form of selenite, which is a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from April 1 through October 15.
Adjacent to the Refuge is the Great Salt Plains Park. You can boat, camp, picnic, swim, hike, and mountain bike at the Great Salt Plains State Park. Explore the 41 miles of shoreline of the 8,700 surface area lake. It is a shallow, salty lake with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper.
The park has RV and tent sites, comfort stations with showers, cabins, picnic sites, group shelters, swimming beaches, playgrounds, boat ramps, a fishing dock, and equestrian trails. (Horse rental not available.)