Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Hunting and Fishing Brochure

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

    Brochure Page

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    Predicting the Winter

    It seems everyone has their own way to predict our winter weather. Find out more about some of these methods.

    Predicting Winter

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    What are Duck Stamps good for?

    Learn the importance of Duck Stamps and Junior Duck Stamps for conservation.

    The Duck Stamp Story

Refuge Report

Attention Deer Hunters!

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September 15, 2021 members of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended changes administrative regulations correlated to the recent activation of Kentucky's Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. These changes apply to hunters on the refuge.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Waterfowl Quota Hunt

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We now have a standard form for applicants in the quota hunt. You can print a copy or pick one up at our office.

Waterfowl Quota Hunt

Where are we?!

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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!
Outdoor Safety

Tick Tips

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Ticks can be an itchy annoyance, and they can possibly transmit diseases. However, that’s not a good enough reason to stay inside! There are several steps you can take to avoid tick bites: wear insect repellent (with DEET), treat clothing with Permethrin, stay in the middle of trails and avoid low hanging branches, tuck your pants into your socks, and most importantly when you get home do a tick check. If you do find a tick has bitten you, remove it with tweezers and monitor the area for a rash for the next 30 days. Signs of a rash or flu-like symptoms should be promptly reported to your doctor.

About the Complex

National Wildlife Refuges in Kentucky

Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the National Wildlife Refuges in Kentucky.

Read more about the complex
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