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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    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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    Picture Perfect!

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


Refuge Report

Hunting/Fishing Permits Still Good!

The new hunting permits are not available yet, so the old (permits that expired Feb. of 2021) 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.

Leaves of three, let it be!

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You've probably heard that little rhyme about poison ivy, but it’s not just the leaves that can give you the itch. The stems and even the roots contain the chemical that cause a rash in approximately 85% of people. So what can you do? The best plan of action is to learn to identify the plant in order to avoid it as much as possible. Even if you usually don’t react to the plant, allergies can change over time. Don’t risk it! If you do come into contact with the plant, wash the exposed area with lots of cold water within an hour. Rubbing alcohol is also an option for cleaning the area, but never use hot water as this will only open your pores. If it’s too late and you already have the rash, there are many different products available for sale at your nearest pharmacy to combat the itch. However, for serious cases you should see a doctor.

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.

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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