Looking to enjoy some nature during your visit? Check out the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, AL to visit river channels, agricultural fields and an impressive array of fish and other wildlife.
Established in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge was the first refuge superimposed on a hydro-electric impoundment. The 35,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Tennessee River and is home to a number of diverse habitats, with rivers, creeks, swamps pine uplands, bottomland hardwoods and open backwater embayments all occupying the sprawling land. Originally intended to be a waterfowl refuge, Wheeler is now home to a diverse array of wildlife, including 12 federally listed endangered species, like the endangered grey bat. During a visit to this stunning natural park, guests can check out 115 species of fish, 74 species of reptiles, 47 species of mammals, 38 species of freshwater mussels, and 26 species of freshwater snails.
The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, AL is committed to protecting, managing, and restoring native systems of land and water to provide friendly habitats for the wildlife living there.
Open year-round guests can check out each stage of the waterfowls' migration patterns, and experience the changing seasons in the natural world. Located just over 10 minutes from the Microtel Inn & Suites Decatur, the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see for any guest visiting Decatur. Book your stay at our hotel today and enjoy close proximity to this stunning Alabama wildlife refuge.