Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge is 4,218 acres acquired by the Corp of Engineers in conjunction with the Coffeeville Lock and Dam project. The refuge encompasses approximately 1,802 acres of lakes, sloughs, and creeks, 2,265 acres of bottomland hardwoods, and 151 acres of croplands and moist soil units.
Lakes, sloughs, and creeks comprise over 40 percent of Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge. Only 151 acres consist of openings or clearings, such as farm fields or most-soil units. The remainder, or 2,265 acres, is composed of typical bottomland hardwoods associated with the Tombigbee River Basin.
The primary purpose of the refuge is to provide wood duck brood habitat and serve as a protected wintering area for other waterfowl species. However, there are plenty of other exciting wildlife species that call the refuge home.