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Information iconGreen River, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming. (Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS)

Fun Facts about Refuge Rivers & Trails

Chances are, if you’ve done any exploring of rivers and trails on national wildlife refuges, you know how rich, fun and varied the experience can be. But did you know refuge land and water trails also boast some odd, quirky distinctions? No? Well, consider these.

Get Moving

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Go Back in Time

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(Illustration: Marvels of the New West)

... Imagine what it was like to head west in a covered wagon?

lombard ferry (Photo: Tom Rea) (Photo: Tom Rea)

The Lombard Ferry crossing at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming sits at the juncture of four historic trails: the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express Trail, the Mormon Trail and the California Trail. You might even see wagon wheel ruts in the ground.

Walk With Dinosaurs

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ARS-Montana CMR fossil find (Courtesy Dave Bradt)
(Photo: Courtesy Dave Bradt)

... Roam lands rich with the remains of some of the earth’s most fearsome prehistoric creatures?

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana is renowned as a dinosaur fossil site. The discovery in 2010 of a prehistoric sea creature called a plesiosaur encased in 75-million-year-old dirt/rock excited paleontologists. It’s illegal to collect rocks and fossils on public lands.

Look for Strange Creatures

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... Indulge a long-shot hope of seeing some odd-looking animals?

Go With the Flow

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Melissa Guevara paddles Wallkill River, NY, NJ, usfws
(Photo: USFWS)

... Challenge the usual rules?

Paddling with the current at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge (pictured) in New York and New Jersey means heading north.

Side note: At what is now Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee, New Madrid earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 reportedly caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards.

Go Big

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)

... Enjoy some of the most extensive water trails in the National Wildlife Refuge System?

Refuges with some of the lengthiest water trails include Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska (140 miles), Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia (120 miles) and Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (96 miles). 


Compiled by    | September 26, 2018
Information iconKenai National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)