More about Cokeville Meadows NWR

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Currently Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is managed as a satellite refuge of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, which is located 75 miles to the east along the Green River. Cokeville Meadows NWR offers a universally accessible wildlife viewing station that is situated along the west side of HWY 30 approximately 10 miles south of the town of Cokeville, Wyoming. The wildlife viewing station parking lot is not plowed in the winter. Highway 30 and County Road 207 run north and south along the valley, perpendicular to the Bear River.  Refuge parking areas can be accessed off Hwy 30 and County Rd 207, which can be used to park a vehicle and access the refuge on foot.  Many old roads or management trails provide paths which can be pleasant hikes.    


Refuge lands are posted with boundary signs and evaluated for wildlife use, habitat potential, invasive weeds, fencing needs, cleanup needs, etc. Using Special Use Permits, local ranchers and Refuge managers mutually benefit by working cooperatively to reach Refuge habitat and project goals. Ranchers assist Refuge staff with irrigation of wet meadows and other wetlands, maintenance of ditches and other irrigation facilities, providing  food for wildlife, maintaining vigor of wet meadow vegetation through selective harvesting , weed control, growing crops on acquired farm ground, and other projects such as Refuge cleanup, fence maintenance and construction. In exchange, ranchers receive hay and crop shares.  A multi-purpose building off Hwy 30 on the Refuge serves as refuge headquarters and helps staff previously stationed at Seedskadee better manage the lands. The building hosts an office, maintenance shop, storage area and a small apartment for housing seasonal employees and researchers. 

 

 

Driving Directions 

To reach the Refuge, travel south from Cokeville, Wyoming, on State Highway 30. Lands owned in fee title by Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Highway 30 begin about five miles south of the town of Cokeville and continue 12 miles to the south. US Highway 30 and County Road 207 run north and south along the east and west sides of the valley, parallel to the Bear River.  Eight parking areas can be reached off those two roads, the parking areas can be used to access refuge owned lands on foot. Refuge lands are located within the valley intermingled with tracts of private, State, Bureau of Land Management and Union Pacific lands.  Please be courteous to our neighbors, if crossing or accessing private be sure to obtain permission first.  Refuge owned lands can be seen using our hunting regulation map or the Lincoln County Land ownership map.