Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge


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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Address:2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd
Decatur, AL 35603

Phone:256-353-7243
Fax:256-340-9728
Web: www.fws.gov/wheeler
Established: 1938.
Location:North-central Alabama, along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.
Facilities:Visitor center, trails, boardwalk, viewing sites, auto tour route, historic features, boat ramp.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding (on open graveled roads), hunting, educational programs.
Special Features:Refuge supports the southernmost and Alabama’s only significant concentration of wintering Canada geese. In the fall, geese and ducks migrate to the refuge, where they rest and feed throughout the winter.
Habitats: 34,500 acres of unfarmed uplands, shoreline woodlands, open water, hardwood bottomlands, and pine plantations.
Access: Open during daylight hours.
Wild life: Ducks, geese, humminbirds, butterflies, American alligator, raccoons, and deer.

See other parks in Alabama.
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More than 40 years ago, a six-year study at Alabama's Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge noted that, of 1,886 animals caught in leghold traps on the refuge, 27% of mink, 24% of raccoons, and 26% of foxes were considered "crippled" (defined as "all animals that pulled out of their traps, escaped by wringing-off or gnawing feet, or escaped with the traps" attached to their limbs).
in the Interpretive Center at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and is open to the public.