Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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    Camping on the Refuge

    The Swinging Bridge and Crooks Campgrounds are free and open year-round. See our Visitor Activities page for more information.

    Camping Information

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    Swinging Bridge is Open

    The Swinging Bridge is open to vehicular traffic. The weight capacity is 20 tons and the bridge is only 8 feet wide.

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    Wildlife Watching

    Fall is a fantastic time to view wildlife at Browns Park NWR. Elk, mule deer, waterfowl, and songbirds are abundant.

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    Hunting and Fishing

    We invite you to enjoy hunting and fishing on the refuge as outlined in our hunting and fishing brochure.

    Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Refuge Updates

Hunting and Fishing Update

August 31, 2020

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Fall Wildlife

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Some of the birds recently observed at Browns Park NWR included blue-winged teal, northern pintails, common mergansers, bald eagles, red-winged blackbirds, American robins, ruby-crowned kinglets, dark-eyed juncos, white-crowned sparrows, and many other species. Visit the Refuge and see the fall migration!

Current Conditions

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Due to the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Refuge visitor center is closed until further notice. Refuge lands, campgrounds, nature trails, boat ramps, and outdoor recreation remain open to the public. Visit the Refuge kiosks and brochure boxes for maps and information about the Refuge. Pack food, water, hand sanitizer, and possibly extra fuel when you visit Browns Park NWR.

Shed Antler Hunting is not allowed

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Please Be Aware! Shed antler hunting is not allowed on the Refuge. Collection of animal parts, plants, historic artifacts, fossils, minerals, etc. is illegal. If you find anything, please leave it for other visitors to see. For more information call our office at 970-365-3613 or email brownspark@fws.gov.

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Announcements

Attention Waterfowl Hunters

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Hog Lake will not be flooded this fall or winter. It is drying for habitat management that will improve the wetland for waterfowl and wildlife use.

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About the Complex

Lower Green River NWR Complex

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lower Green River NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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