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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    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!

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    Kids Only!!

    This is just for you! Fun activities, animal facts and even a joke corner!

    Check it out!!

Refuge Report

2019-2020 Hunting/Fishing Permits Still Good!

The 2020-2021 hunting permits are not available yet, so the old (2019-2020) permits will continue to be accepted. We will post the new ones as soon as they become available. Thanks for your patience!

WANTED: Citizen Scientist

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Join the fun to help us document all creatures great and small on the refuge.

Get all the details here.

Comments Needed on Draft Hunt Plan

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Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge's hunting program and is seeking public comment on the changes.

Learn how to provide comments here.
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