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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
+1 256-350-6639
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A shouldn't miss Refuge. !!!

Well presented ; carefully maintained ; presents a diversity of water fowl ...ducks , geese... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rebelrpr
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Decatur , Alabama , USA
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Excellent

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

Reviewed 4 days ago
ayaik
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  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
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“sandhill cranes” (18 reviews)
“visitor center” (14 reviews)
“short walk” (12 reviews)
LOCATION
Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
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+1 256-350-6639
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"sandhill cranes"
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"visitor center"
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"short walk"
in 12 reviews
"bird watching"
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"viewing area"
in 5 reviews
"nature center"
in 3 reviews
"walking trails"
in 5 reviews
"helpful staff"
in 3 reviews
"whooping crane"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 2 reviews
"welcome center"
in 2 reviews
"main building"
in 2 reviews
"an excellent place"
in 2 reviews
"two story"
in 2 reviews
"nice stroll"
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"natural habitat"
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"crane festival"
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

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

Thank ayaik
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed April 11, 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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Reviewed March 15, 2018

This was a beautiful area for hiking, bird watching, or a scenic drive. The observation facility is especially nice. Highly recommend

1  Thank AshlandMOPat
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

A great place to explore and see all kinds of birds and some wild animals in the wild. We saw many type of migrating birds. Don’t forget your binoculars!

1  Thank R1235LEdavidm
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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful facility, great place to wander around in the wild woods and on the river bank. Had some fun fishing too. Met some nice folks too.

1  Thank Frog P
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

People come from many states to see the birds, waterfowl, etc. Excellent place to visit with family, couples, groups etc..

1  Thank dothightower
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

The refuge is a stopping point for sandhill cranes and whooping cranes. There were hundreds of sandhill cranes and were visible from outlook building. We were able to see one whooping crane and that was a miracle. There are so few of them that take...More

1  Thank dmspeech
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Deborah L
October 3, 2015|
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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
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