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Visitor Activities

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Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Refuge activities noted below. Any activities not mentioned below are prohibited due to to their incompatibility with the wildlife conservation mission and goals of the Refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

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    At Pathfinder NWR there is an interpretive overlook located along Highway 220 southeast of Casper, Wyoming.  The view is above Steamboat Lake.  From here you can enjoy the interpretive panels and observe the area's wildlife and habitat, but hiking across to the lakes is prohibited unless you are hunting per state seasons and regulations.  Opportunities specific to wildlife observation and photography are minimal at this Refuge as, other than at the Hwy 220 overlook, there are no formal public access methods such as tour routes, hiking trails or signs.  

  • Hunting

    All four units of the Refuge are open to the hunting of ducks, geese, coots, sage grouse, mergansers, deer, pronghorn, and cottontail rabbits in accordance with dates and regulations established by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission.

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. 

    As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System.

    For more information about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations for this refuge contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted at Pathfinder NWR on the main reservoir and in stream areas leading to it per state seasons and regulations.

    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities.  Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System.  Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges.

    Quality fishing opportunities are available on more than 270 national wildlife refuges.  Visitors can experience virtually any type of sport fishing on the continent.  

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at a national wildlife refuge soon.  Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.

    For more information about fishing opportunities, seasons and regulations for this refuge contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

  • Camping: only in Bishops Point Campground

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    A developed campground and boat ramp are located at Bishops Point in the Sweetwater Arm unit of the Refuge. Camping on the Refuge is allowed ONLY at the Bishops Point Campground which is administered by Natrona County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department.

    For more information you can call 307-235-9200. 

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2014
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