Rules and Regulations

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Special regulations are necessary on the Refuge to protect wildlife and habitat. Please familiarize yourself with the Refuge regulations and respect the privileges of other recreationists on the Refuge. Your understanding of Refuge regulations will make your visit a safe and enjoyable one. There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do at Seedskadee.  Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and does not help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with the Refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.  There are plenty of activities on Seedskadee for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun!


To protect habitat, all vehicles, including bicycles, must stay on designated roads as shown on the map. All motorized vehicles, including ATV’s and motorcycles, and all operators, must be licensed and insured for highway driving. Snowmobiles are prohibited. Vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas or pullouts, or within 10 feet of designated roads. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour unless posted otherwise. Please avoid driving on wet unimproved roads as road and habitat damage may occur. Drivers damaging Refuge roads may be fined.


Camping and Fires

Camping, open fires, and wood cutting or gathering are prohibited on all Refuge lands. Camping opportunities are offered at Bureau of Land Management (BLM) operated campgrounds located along the river just above and below Fontenelle Dam (Slate Creek, Tailrace, Weeping Rock, and Fontenelle campgrounds).


Firearms, Explosives, and Other Weapons

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).


Target shooting and carrying, possessing, or discharging fireworks, or explosives on national wildlife refuges are prohibited activities.


Animal and Plant Life

Collecting, possessing, disturbing, injuring, poisoning, or destroying any plant or animal or part thereof (alive or dead) is prohibited (except legally taken game).


Plants and animals or their parts may not be introduced or placed on the Refuge


Historical Artifacts and Other Valued Objects

Searching for, removing, or damaging historic items, Native American artifacts, or fossils is prohibited. No person shall search for or remove rocks, stones, or mineral specimens.



Pets are permitted only if they are confined or leashed (except hunting dogs when participating in a legal hunt).



The Green River is a shallow, swift river with many rocks hidden beneath the surface. It is best suited for canoes, drift boats, and rafts. Motors are not recommended. Personal water craft, air boats, and jet boats are prohibited. Boats must be equipped and operated in accordance with Wyoming boating laws which can be obtained through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.



The Green River is open to fishing throughout the Refuge in accordance with Wyoming Fishing Regulations. Commercial guiding for fishing requires a special use permit. Contact the Refuge Manager or consult “Refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations,” available at the Refuge headquarters, for further information.



Limited hunting is available on the Refuge. Commercial guiding for hunting is prohibited. Contact the Refuge Manager or consult “Refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations,” available at the Refuge headquarters, for further information.


Refuge Hours 

The Refuge headquarters and the Environmental Education Center are open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. We recommend calling ahead to ensure the Visitor's Center is open, because we are a small staff we often have to close it when everyone is out of the office or out in the field.  The Refuge is open to the public from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset year-round. 


Closed Areas

Specific areas may be closed to hunting, fishing, and all other public access to provide for resource protection or public safety. Contact the Refuge Manager or consult the “Refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations” for further information.


Disposal of Waste

Dumping of litter, sewage, liquid wastes, or any other material on the Refuge is prohibited.


Government Property

Destruction, injury, defacement, disturbance, or removal of any government or private property or natural objects is prohibited. 


When in doubt about any regulation, contact the Refuge staff.


Livestock Access Lanes

There are 17 livestock water access lanes on the Refuge. These fenced lanes were created to allow livestock access to water on the river. The Refuge owns and manages the lands located within the livestock access lanes. All Refuge regulations apply to these access lanes. Vehicles parked within these lanes must be parked in designated parking areas or along the fence line at least 100 yards from the river. Responsible parking will permit livestock unobstructed access to water.


Refuge Signs and Their Meaning

The following information is provided to help you understand the meaning of regulatory signs that you will see on the Refuge.


These signs indicate the boundary of lands administered by Seedskadee NWR. The fence line is not always the boundary line. 

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Areas behind these signs are closed to all hunting. 

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Areas behind these signs are closed to migratory bird hunting.

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To protect habitat and minimize wildlife disturbance, roads behind these signs are closed to public vehicle travel, including bicycles.

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Seedskadee NWR is closed to all forms of camping, including overnight parking.

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Accessibility Information

Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is available to all individuals regardless of physical or mental ability. Dial 711 for a free connection to the State relay service for TTY and voice calls to and from the speech and hearing impaired. For more information or to address accessibility needs, please contact the Refuge staff at 307 / 875 2187, or the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Equal Opportunity, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.