The Little River National Wildlife Refuge is in the far southeast corner of the State, between Broken Bow and Idabel along the Little River.
I doubt that this is ever a busy place. The roads to the refuge are not good, and the roads within the refuge are not even as good as those.
There are five units along the river that generally are not connected with roads--you'll need to drive out of one in order to find the road that enters the next one. That might explain why there really isn't any sort of a main entrance.
Unit #2 does have this information stand, so that might suffice.
Along this one-way road is the Duck Roost boardwalk that takes you partway to a larger pond. The place was noisy with birds and other wildlife.
You don't need to walk far from the roadway to find yourself on the outskirts of another swamp. Through the years, the Little River has swept back and forth across these lowlands leaving many horseshoe lakes behind.
The Little River flows surprisingly fast.
These are not the types of trees that you'd expect to find in Oklahoma. I kept an eye out for alligators, but saw none. Perhaps they saw me?
In places, the roadbed had to be filled to keep the surface above the water.
That's more than just a puddle in the road. I didn't try to ford it.
The headquarters of the refuge is in a strip-mall in Broken Bow--just a few miles to the north. The ranger is showing me some of their aerial maps, which really highlight the past changes in the river bed.