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


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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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    Hunting and Fishing

    The refuge is closed to hunting until the fall hunting seasons begin. Anglers are still welcome to fish the Green River.

    Hunting and fishing information

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    Wildlife Watching

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

Wildlife Sightings and History at Browns Park NWR

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

We sought public comments on the proposal during April 2020. For more information about this proposal see the link below.

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

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

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Spring Wildlife

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Some of the birds recently observed at Browns Park NWR included mallards, blue-winged teal, northern pintails, common mergansers, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, red-winged blackbirds, American robins, spotted towhees, and many other species. Visit the refuge and see the spring migration!


Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Comprehensive Conservation Plan (1999)

The Browns Park NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is available to read here.

Browns Park CCP

About the Complex

Lower Green River NWR Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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