Skip Navigation


  • hunting and fishing rotator

    Hunting and Fishing Permits

    Getting your hunting/fishing permit for the Refuge is as easy as hitting "Print"! Just follow the link below.

    Brochure Page

  • fawn 174x116

    Should we help it?!

    Wondering if you need to help "abandoned" wildlife? Looking for a number of a wildlife Rehabilitator?

    Follow this link for more information!

  • olympic rings 206x116

    Summer Olympics

    While you watch the summer Olympics this year, try some of these wildlife events at home!

    Animal Olympics

  • Black-eyed Susan

    Picture Perfect!

    Check out our photo gallery for some interesting shots of things to do and see on the Refuge!


Enjoy the Outdoors Safely

Heat Exhaustion

heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion isn’t just something that happens in one afternoon, it can occur after you've been exposed to hot and humid temperatures for several days. Some of the first signs are excessive thirst, weakness, and headache. These are all signs of dehydration in the body, if untreated salt depletion can occur. With that you may experience nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and even dizziness. If you or anyone you are with experience these symptoms, it’s best to head inside or at least to a shady area, drink plenty of water, and remove any unnecessary clothing or items such as binoculars, backpacks, or photo vest. If symptoms don’t subside with these adjustments, seek medical help. Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can cause brain damage and even cause death. Recovery from heat exhaustion can take several days, so don’t overdo it too quickly. Even wildlife knows to rest in the hottest parts of the day.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

Follow NWRS Online


Refuge Report

  • Welcome Trainers!


    Please obey all posted signs, rules, and regulations. The refuge is open from dawn until dusk. Don't forget to look around, Pokemon are not the only creatures you'll see. You gotta catch 'em all, but please do so safely.

  • What's Bird Banding?!

    wren 150x164

    Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge participates in an important migratory songbird research project. The project runs from the end of May through the beginning of August.

    Learn more about this exciting effort to collect information on our beautiful songbirds.
  • Where are we?!

    refuge boundary 150x109

    We are often asked about how someone could tell if they were on or off refuge property. All refuge property is clearly marked on the outside boundary with yellow paint hash marks and blue goose boundary signs. Some landowners adjacent to the refuge may mark their boundary with blue paint hash marks and no trespassing signs. Trespassing on posted or unmarked private property is a violation of Kentucky State law.

    Visit our Maps Page before you visit the Refuge!
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2016
Return to main navigation