Visitor Activities

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There are a variety of opportunities to explore at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge. From sun up to sun down, come check us out!


  • Hunting

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    Hunting is one of the tools used to manage wildlife populations on the Refuge. Hunting opportunities include deer, turkey, migratory bird, and upland game. Hunters are required to obtain, and sign a refuge hunting brochure before arriving to hunt on the Refuge.

    Hunters with disabilities may apply for a Special Use Permit for ATV use at the refuge office. Hunters are encouraged to start this process well before their designated season opens.

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  • Fishing


    Anglers can expect to find crappie, sunfish, bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish in the Clarks River. However, river access is limited. Seasons and creel limits are the same as general state regulations. 

    The refuge’s Environmental Education and Recreation Area is located just outside the city of Benton, KY. This location has an actively managed 3-acre lake suitable for bank fishing. There are area specific creel limits on this area.

    Those interested in fishing need to obtain a refuge fishing brochure before arriving to fish on the Refuge.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

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    Across the country, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. So, if you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider Clarks River NWR!

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  • Interpretation

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    At Clarks River NWR, most interpretation takes place at the Environmental Education and Recreation Area (located off of Hwy 408, east of Benton, KY) where there are interpretive signs, observation decks, trails, and an informational kiosk. At refuge headquarters a kiosk is located outside with maps, brochures, and a pegboard for current events or information.  


  • Environmental Education

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    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is an outdoor classroom teaching about wildlife and natural resources. 

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  • Photography


    Whether you have expensive equipment or just a cell phone, refuges are a great place to capture wildlife on camera! Clarks River NWR has a variety of locations good for wildlife photography, but in addition we have a photo blind located at the Environmental Education and Recreation Area. The photo blind is open by reservation only. Contact refuge headquarters for more information.