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Ouray
National Wildlife Refuge


The importance of the Green River to this area is readily apparent. Lush trees grow along the river showing off their fall colors, but the rest of the view is dry, arid land.
HC 69 Box 232
Randlett, UT   84063
E-mail: ouray@fws.gov
Phone Number: 435-545-2522 Ext. 11
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ouray/
The Green River transports water from the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado to this arid area, creating an oasis for wildlife on Ouray National Wildlife Refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Limited environmental education programs are available for school groups and special interest groups. Please contact the Refuge staff for additional information.

Fishing
Fishing is allowed in the Green River. All state fishing regulations apply. Please be aware that razorback suckers and Colorado pike minnows are in this portion of the Green River. Both fish are protected species and must be returned to the river.

Hunting
Portions of the Refuge are open to hunting for ducks, Canada geese, coots, pheasants, and mule deer. A portion of the Refuge is leased Tribal lands and special regulations from the Tribe pertain to these lands. Please contact the Refuge staff for more specific information.

Interpretation
A visitor center is located in the Refuge headquarters building. Refuge brochures and other general information is available at the visitors center and at the kiosk located one mile from the Refuge entrance next to the beginning of the auto tour.

Wildlife Observation
A 9-mile auto tour route can be accessed off the Refuge entrance road just before the Refuge headquarters. The auto tour route travels through Sheppard Bottoms along the Green River and then up to the highest point on the Refuge - Leota Bluff. The overlook provides an excellent view of the Leota and Johnson Bottoms.

All Refuge lands are open to the public for wildlife observation with the exception of the posted area around the Refuge farm fields. The farm fields have high wildlife use, and public entry is prohibited to prevent disturbance to wildlife using the area. A wildlife viewing site is provided to allow good viewing of the fields.

Feel free to walk or hike in any other areas of the Refuge. Bicycles and horseback riders are welcome on all trails and roads other than those posted near the farm fields. Vehicles must stay on designated roads.




Hours
The Refuge headquarters is open from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. The Refuge is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. The Refuge entrance gate opens 1 hour before sunrise and closes 1 hour after sunset.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
 
 
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