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 local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people 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.


  • Current Conditions

    For the safety of staff and visitors refuge office hours have changed.

    Refuge office hours details...

  • Waterfowl Hunting

    Hunt and Fish Programs

    The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting and fishing program and is seeking public comment.

    Learn more...

  • Cooperative Agricultural Opportunity

    Seeking bids to farm multiple land parcels in one unit (Farm Unit 1) within the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area

    Cooperative Agricultural Opportunity

  • Hunting Along Field

    New Hunting Opportunities

    The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area is expanding their hunt program.

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    So Long For Now!

    Our monarch butterflies are headed south for the winter. But don’t worry-they’ll be back again next spring!

    So Long For Now

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