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.

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  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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.


  • Are Wetlands Useful?

    A recent Ask Game & Fish question, "Do wetlands have economic value?" See what Biologist Steve Tessman said about the value of WY wetlands.

    Ask Game and Fish archive

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    Plan Your Visit

    All the useful links and helpful hints you need to plan a trip up to Seedskadee.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Seedskadee Wildlife List

    Check out all the resident and migrant wildlife found at the Refuge.

    Seedskadee Wildlife List

  • Green River Flows below Fontenelle Dam

    Updates and links to current Green River flows just below Fontenelle Dam, 7 river miles upstream of the Refuge.

    Learn More

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a burning question and no one will answer their phone? We hope our Frequently Asked Questions page will solve your problem.

    Frequently Asked Questions

Around the Refuge

Website Migration

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Over the next few months our website will move to a new platform. We are currently working to get all our content uploaded into the new system. If you have questions or comments about the website migration, please let us know at We'd be interested to hear what the most useful parts of our current website are and we'll make sure to get those moved over to the new system. Any comments on sections we could improve or new information that would be helpful are welcome too. Thanks for your patience as we work out the inevitable glitches over the next several months as we transition to the new site. We appreciate it!

Winter Wildlife Viewing


Cold and snow sends our fair-weather refuge inhabitants south, but the crispy winter weather also brings new visitors or concentrates some resident wildlife on or near Seedskadee. Trumpeter swans gather on the stretches of the Green that have open water below Fontenelle, up to 300 in January. Pronghorn, golden and bald eagle numbers also swell in the colder winter months. Winter migrants include goldeneye ducks and rough-legged hawks. The lucky or persistent person may get to see river otters and/or short-eared or great horned owls as well. Winter conditions will vary, only roads near headquarters will be maintained during the winter months, other open two-tracks will only be passable if conditions allow. Be aware of changing conditions, weather forecasts and, most importantly, be prepared. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle for just in case and call ahead to see what conditions may be, 307-875-2187 x16, x19, x23 and x15 are the staff extensions who are most often near their phones, if you don't get anyone press *8 to try another extension.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Car Kit Suggestion List

Flicker Trail

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Walk the Green River banks and see the riparian and wetland areas up close. A variety of birds and big game animals can be spotted from the unsurfaced trail. Come check it out next time you are at the Refuge. Be sure to bring your lunch, new picnic tables were installed at the start of the trail.

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Prescribed Grazing on National Wildlife Refuges

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The term “prescribed grazing” has been used to describe the use of grazing as a habitat management tool on National Wildlife Refuges. It refers to using livestock (cattle, sheep, etc.) for a habitat management purpose under a “prescription” that specifies the number and type of livestock, what length of time and what time of year, and the size of the area to be grazed. Grazing on a National Wildlife Refuge can only be used to maintain, restore, and/or enhance wildlife habitats. Since we do not own livestock, we work with neighboring livestock owners to conduct the grazing management. To learn more, visit the Wildlife and Habitat section using the link below or the heading at the top of this page.

Prescribed grazing as a habitat management tool at Seedskadee
Seasons at the Refuge

Fall & Migration

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Trumpeter swan cygnets have grown through the summer and by September begin to make their first attempts to fly. Common nighthawk numbers begin to build along the river. At dusk in early September, the sky appears to be full of nighthawks and then one day they are all gone, further south on their migration out of Wyoming and the north. Kokanee salmon and brown trout move onto the Refuge to spawn. Large “redds” of kokanee salmon can be seen in October, actually seeming to turn the river red is places, as they have changed into their red spawning colors. Concentrations of bald eagles arrive to catch salmon for the fall feast. As wetlands at higher elevations begin to freeze for the winter, ducks, mergansers, geese, and trumpeter swans begin to arrive in larger concentrations. The rut or breeding season for pronghorn, mule deer, moose, and elk occurs during the fall, and large males of each species may be seen challenging each other for dominance.

Seasons of Wildlife

About the Complex

Central Sage Steppe Conservation Complex

Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Sage Steppe Conservation 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