Wheeler NWR offers a variety of recreational opportunities including a Visitor Center, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, and educational interpretive programs. A wildlife observation building provides visitors an opportunity to view various types of wildlife. From November through February, thousands of ducks and geese use the display pool adjacent to the building. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the blooming flowers in the backyard wildlife area during spring, summer, and fall months. The Refuge offers five hiking trails ranging in length from 200 yards to four miles. Six improved boat launch areas provide access to the Tennessee River (Wheeler Reservoir) and several of its tributaries. Bank fishing opportunities also exist.
2700 Refuge Headquarters Road
Decatur, AL 35603
FAX: (256) 340−9728
photo by Shawn Taylor – Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge