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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Wonderful find!

Every ranger or employee is VERY helpful and knowledgable. This is a great place for families to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue T
One of the top refuges in the country!

I have been a volunteer and advocate of the refuge system for 30 plus years. No matter when you... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Decatur, Alabama
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“sandhill cranes”(19 reviews)
“visitor center”(15 reviews)
“short walk”(12 reviews)
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Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every ranger or employee is VERY helpful and knowledgable. This is a great place for families to visit. It has a nature center, (short) walking trails, a nature observatory - which is a great place to view the Sandhill Cranes when they winter here.

Thank Sue T
Reviewed 10 August 2018

I have been a volunteer and advocate of the refuge system for 30 plus years. No matter when you visit it is an environmental oasis. Best time to see migratory birds in winter and the seeing the endangered whooping cranes from the observation building is...More

Thank maryleerat
Reviewed 31 July 2018

My husband and I are kayak fisher-people and we had a few days left on our Alabama fishing license so we made the 3 hour journey to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge...it was well worth it. They have special boat docks for canoe and kayaks...where you...More

Thank fireball92771
Reviewed 13 July 2018

My wife and I traveled here this April and really enjoyed the beauty and the wildlife of the refuge. This NWR is located in north central Alabama very near the large city of Decatur. It was established in 1938 as a breeding ground for migratory...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim and were surprised. The staff was very informative. Wish we had come during the migration season so we could see the birds. Will be back.

Thank rdaniel911
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Well presented ; carefully maintained ; presents a diversity of water fowl ...ducks , geese , cranes , herons , egrets , etc. Terrific viewing opportunities for the visitors , a small wildlife museum beyond water fowl , theater presentation of wildlife movies , knowledgeable...More

Thank Rebelrpr
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The best bbq around. I live for the chicken loaded baked potatoe. Very friendly staff and clean establishment.

Thank ayaik
Reviewed 29 May 2018

For those who don't want to or can't get outside to see birds, Wheeler has an indoor viewing area (with AC!) that lets you watch the birds as they wander around a portion of the lake. It was very interesting to see some birds that...More

Thank Kara R
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Best during the Crane Festival in Januaray. You do not need to bring binoculars, they have them. 360 panoramic view of Cranes, ducks, geese(?)

Thank Joe F
Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is the place to go if you want to see the abundant bird life of Decatur. The refuge is especially beautiful in waterfowl season, but it's worth a visit any time of the year.

Thank Diane W
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Response from MitchDees | Reviewed this property |
The visitors center is handicapped accessible. The pathways to the bird observation building are crushed granite pathways and would be accessible. The first floor of the bird observation building would be accessible, if you... More