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Kayaking on the Green River through Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is a popular choice to see the landscape.  Drift boats and canoes are also popular for fishing or wildlife watching along the river corridor.  

 

 

  • Hunting

    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.

    When practiced responsibly, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and usually are necessary for sound wildlife management.  For example, because their natural predators are gone, beaver, deer or moose populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support.

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

    On Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge the variety of hunting seasons usually take place between the mid August and end of January.  Hunting is only allowed for select game and predatory species in accordance with Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regulations.  Most common species hunted are mule deer, pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, ducks, and Canada geese.  Other species open to hunt under Wyoming Game and Fish Department regulations include, red fox, raccoon, cottontail rabbit, jackrabbit, American coot, mourning dove, sora/Virginia rail and common snipe.  Hunting on a National Wildlife Refuge for an animal is closed until open.  Hunting coyotes, prairie dogs, snakes or anything not mentioned above is prohibited.  Hunting seasons and area boundaries for some species of big and small game species can vary from year to year.  Check with Wyoming Game and Fish Department for current regulations, season dates and area boundaries.  Trapping is allowed but only with a Refuge issued Special Use Permit.  To find out more about hunting or trapping opportunities, seasons, and regulations on Seedskadee NWR, contact the Refuge or visit our Rules and Regulations page. 

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  • Fishing

    Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is well known for the fishing opportunities the Green River offers.  There are not as many fish per mile as other places on the Green, but the solitude coupled with the scenery and occasional 20+ inch trout is a unique experience available on the Refuge.  Special fishing regulations are in effect from upstream of the Refuge boundary at the CCC County Road 8 Bridge, downstream to the confluence with the Big Sandy River.  Only artificial flies and lures can be used and creel limit is one trout per day over 20 inches.  All other fish must be immediately released.  Visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website for clarification or a hard copy of state regulations.   

    To find another great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at another National Wildlife Refuge near you.  Find more information with our online Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges.

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  • Boating

    The Green River through the Refuge is a unique section that offers a variety of great floating opportunities.  Canoes, kayaks and drift boats are the recommended crafts to navigate this rocky river with potentially low flows and clear green water.  Great planning resources are available for the interested boater through the links on the upper left side of the page.  A river mile map, river mile distance log and boat ramp miles apart can be found on the side links at the upper left side of this page.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Seedskadee or any other wildlife refuge!  From birding to moose watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or crayfish, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors nationwide.  From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds.  The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.  The Refuge offers a roughly mown Flicker trail and picnic area just below the Visitor's Center at Headquarters.  Bring your camera, binoculars, bird book, lunch, and bug spray to spend the afternoon viewing a variety of habitats, plants, and animals of the riparian corridor of the high desert sagebrush steppe.  Visit our Seasons of Wildlife page for a brief overview of the animals that are found here and when.  You can also download or view our Wildlife Brochure for a comprehensive list of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals that can be found on the Refuge.   

    The most important tip for successful wildlife viewing, is visit during the early morning or late evening hours.  Especially during the hot summer, wildlife is most active during those hours.  Sage grouse are most often spotted crossing the auto tour route or east river road during the morning or evening.  Sage thrashers, sage sparrows and other sage obligates are common in the uplands, but just south of Hwy 28 on the west side of the river is a hot spot.  Trumpeter swans, many species of waterfowl, and even river otters can often be found lounging in our wetland units.  (See our Refuge map for wetland and road locations.)  Several bald and golden eagle nests can usually be found, check with the staff for directions.  Remember to log your sightings on eBird!  eBird.org is a great resource for researchers, land managers and citizens to share bird sightings and numbers from around the globe in real time.  For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Seedskadee NWR, contact the Refuge.  

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  • Interpretation

    Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world.  From self-guided walks to ranger-led programs, Seedskadee NWR and many other national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.

    In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, refuges use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors.  Printed and virtual information is often available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.  Navigate through our webpages for links to different lists, articles and other helpful sites.  If you have any other questions don't hesitate to contact us!

    Through Refuge System interpretation programs, you can learn why a huge variety of birds pass through the Refuge each spring and fall, about the beneficial role of water management at the Refuge to encourage trumpeter swans to nest, and thousands of other interesting and informative stories.  

    Seedskadee NWR offers many interpretive programs, hands on at the refuge or activities at other events.  The Refuge is very rich in history as well, visit our history page to learn more or pick up a historical perspective brochure the next time you're at Seedskadee.  The historical perspective brochure give a brief history of fourteen historical sites with some sort of structure remnants to find.  Makes for a fun and educational scavenger hunt!

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  • Environmental Education

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources.  Seedskadee NWR and many other refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.  Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments and are excellent locations for hands-on learning activities.  Hundreds of youth and adults visit Seedskadee Environmental Education Center every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife refuge?  Contact us or visit our Environmental Education Center page to check on program and facility availability.  Our Just for Kids and For Educators pages also offer valuable information and activity ideas as well.  Seedskadee is a wild and unique place and we want to teach you more about it!

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  • Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any previous experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

    Seedskadee's auto tour route, Flicker trail and other roads are great places to start.  Wildlife viewing is best during early morning or late evening, be sure to time your trip to maximize your chance of having great light and seeing more critters.  The boat launches or river is also a great way to see the Refuge and get a different view.  Contact the Refuge for more information and recommendations on photography at Seedskadee.

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  • Hiking, Picnicking, & Horseback Riding

    The entirety of Seedskadee is open to walking, hiking and horseback riding.  Grab a picnic, some bug spray and take advantage of the next nice day.  Picnic tables are available at the Environmental Education Center at headquarters and also at the Flicker Trail by the river just below headquarters office.  

     

     
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  • Volunteering

    Volunteers are an invaluable tool that helps refuges everywhere accomplish much more on a greater scale than if left to our own devices.  Volunteer your scouts, expertise, time, whatever you have to a refuge near you.  Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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Last Updated: Jul 31, 2013
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