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Overview of Doris Campground

Doris Campground is located within the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma. The refuge is a 59,020-acre region known for its rugged beauty, wildlife, and recreational opportunities, including hiking, wildlife watching, and rock climbing. Doris Campground offers visitors an opportunity to stay overnight within this scenic area.

Camping Facilities


  • Doris Campground provides a variety of amenities for campers, including picnic tables, fire rings, and grills.
  • Restroom facilities with flush toilets and showers are available.
  • Drinking water is provided at several locations throughout the campground.
  • A dump station is available for RVs.

Camping Options:

  • There are sites for tent camping as well as RV camping with electric hookups.
  • Some sites can be reserved in advance, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It's advisable to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Activities in the Area

  • Hiking: The refuge has a trail network that includes easy, moderate, and strenuous hikes, offering breathtaking views and encounters with wildlife.
  • Wildlife Watching: Bison, elk, white-tailed deer, longhorn cattle, and a variety of birds can be seen in the refuge.
  • Fishing: Several lakes and streams offer fishing opportunities; however, anglers must follow Oklahoma state fishing regulations.
  • Rock Climbing: With special regulations, the Wichita Mountains provide various climbing experiences for avid climbers.

Reservation and Fees

  • Reservations: Campers can make reservations for Doris Campground online via the Recreation.gov website. It's recommended to reserve early for holiday weekends and peak season dates.
  • Fees: Camping fees are charged per night and vary depending on the type of campsite (e.g., tent site, RV site with electric). There may also be entrance or activity fees for certain areas within the refuge.

Rules and Regulations

  • Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is prohibited; it is important to maintain a safe distance and store food properly to avoid attracting animals to the campsite.
  • Quiet Hours: Doris Campground enforces quiet hours to ensure all visitors have an enjoyable experience. Typically, these hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Campfires: Fires are only permitted in designated fire rings, and collecting firewood within the refuge is not allowed.
  • Pets: Pets are often welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times and cannot be left unattended. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Access and Location

Doris Campground is accessible by vehicle and is situated near the town of Cache, Oklahoma. Clear signs within the refuge point towards the campground, making it relatively easy to locate. However, cell phone reception can be limited, so it’s a good idea to have a physical map or downloaded directions.

Contact Information and Resources

Before heading to Doris Campground, check for the most current information regarding weather, fire conditions, and any wildlife advisories. This information and other timely updates can typically be found on:

  • The official website for Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
  • Recreation.gov for specific campsite reservations and campground details
  • Local ranger stations or visitor centers in the refuge

Contacts such as phone numbers and email addresses for the refuge can also be obtained through these channels, allowing for direct communication if needed.

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