What We Do

Pathfinder Refuge is managed jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and Natrona County Parks and Recreation. Other partners include neighboring landowners who help with management of the refuge. Pathfinder Refuge is complexed with several other refuges, headquarters are out of Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Walden, Colorado.

Our Services

Pathfinder Refuge offers an interpretive overlook, which is located along Highway 220 southeast of Casper, Wyoming. The view is overlooks Steamboat Lake. From here you can enjoy the interpretive panels and observe the area's wildlife and habitat. Be aware that  hiking on the refuge is prohibited unless you are hunting per state seasons and regulations.  Opportunities specific to wildlife observation and photography are minimal as, other than the Hwy 220 overlook, there are no formal public access methods such as tour routes, hiking trails or signs.

The Sweetwater Arm unit of the refuge hosts a developed campground and boat ramp. Camping is allowed only within the Bishops Point Campground, no dispersed camping is allowed on the refuge. Natrona County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department administers the campground and facilities.

For more information you can call 307-235-9200 or click on the link for Bishops Point Campground above to be directed to Natrona County's website.

Law Enforcement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state and refuge hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities. 

Laws and Regulations

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the activities offered on the Refuge while observing the following rules to protect wildlife and their habitats. These extra rules and regulations are intended to protect wildlife, wildlife habitat and the safety of our visitors and staff. The Refuge is also subject to all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. Be safe and enjoy your national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
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