Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    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

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    Cool things to do!

    Just because it's cool outside, doesn't mean there aren't fun things to do!

    Learn more on our Winter Wonderland page!

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    Picture Perfect!

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


Refuge Report

Bring the Refuge to You!

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From the classroom or from home, you can learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, different species of wildlife, and various wildlife careers. #refugefromhome

USFWS Educational Videos

Join The Flock!

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Kids across the commonwealth are participating in the Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp Art and Writing Contest. The contest is fun, educational, and there are prizes involved! It's open to anyone in grades K-12.

Learn more on our Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp page!

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!
Current Conditions

Office Closure

We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you - our friends and neighbors. In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky State Governor's Office, our office is closed to the public. We will continue our work and remain available to answer questions. Please use the following to contact us: Phone: 270-527-5770 Email: Facebook: Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge While we are not gathering together at this time, national wildlife lands currently remain open for all.

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