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Change is constant at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Seasons, life cycles, and migrating animals make each visit to the refuge a new experience. There are a multitude of opportunities to connect with nature at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to recreate on the refuge during daylight hours.


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Thousands of people come to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge each year to enjoy various wildlife recreational activities. We encourage visitors to utilize the resources below to help prepare for their visit.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler Complex.


Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
3121 Visitor Center RoadDecatur,AL35603


The Visitor Center building is closed for renovations (but expected to reopenin mid-December 2023), but the grounds as well as the Wildlife Observation Building and Photo Blinds are open, see below for seasonal operating hours.  Refuge information, maps, hunt permits, and trail guides will be available at the information kiosk outside of the visitor center front gate.  Visitors needing further assistance should call (256) 350-6639 Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00.  Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call and we will call you back.

Those wanting to purchase an Interagency Park Pass should call (256) 350-6639 ahead of time to make an appointment and arrangements to buy the pass.

Visitor Center Hours: March - October
9 am - 4 pm
Visitor Center Hours: November - February
7 days/week
9 am - 5 pm
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Years Eve
New Years Day
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Administrative Office