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Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge was established as mitigation for the loss of habitats when Flaming Gorge and Fontenelle reservoirs were constructed. The Refuge is a narrow, 1 to 1.5 mile wide riparian corridor along 36 miles of the Green River in South Western Wyoming. It was the Shoshone who gave the river its first name, "sisk-a-dee-agie" or "river of the prairie chicken." Fur trappers later corrupted the Indian name to "seedskadie." Refuge lands are rich in historical and cultural resources, as the area was used by nomadic Indian tribes, fur trappers, early pioneers, and travelers heading for the better life in California and Oregon. Many of the old campsites, river crossings, and early structures still exist; however, they have been reduced to mostly scattered ruins by the elements.

The best time to see wildlife is in May, where raptors, great blue heron, migratory songbirds and waterfowl can be viewed. Trumpeter swans, and bald and golden eagles are year-round residents. During May and June, moose calve, and both pronghorn antelope and mule deer fawn.

About fishing:

The Green River is open to fishing throughout the Refuge in accordance with State regulations. Numerous boat launching areas provide access to the river, and fence walkover structures permit foot travel to the river in fenced areas. Anglers meet with the greatest success from mid-summer to fall due to low water conditions.

About hunting:

Most of the Refuge is open to deer, antelope, waterfowl, and upland game hunting, except for two closed areas. The 1100 acre Hawley unit, which includes the Refuge headquarters, is closed to all hunting, as well as an area downstream of the Route 28 bridge. Both are clearly posted with no hunting signs. Hunting is in accordance with all State of Wyoming regulations. Hunters are cautioned that the Refuge falls within different management zones and regulations differ, so be certain of your location before you hunt.

About boating:

The Green River is a shallow, swift stream not suitable for outboard motors in most areas. Canoes, rafts, and drift boats, however, are well-suited. Boaters should be aware that flows in the river can fluctuate greatly below Fontenelle Dam and that unattended boats should be securely fastened along shore or carried well free of the water. Vehicles left at drop-off points should not be parked in low areas next to the river. Boats may be launched from any of the launching points along the river or above the Refuge near Fontenelle.

Directions to Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge:
Seedskadee NWR is located 37 miles north of Green River, Wyoming. Follow I-80 west out of Green River to exit 83, La Barge Road/Highway 372. Drive 27 miles north on Highway 372 to the Refuge Headquarters turnoff.

The Headquarters is centrally located on the Refuge and has an administrative office with small visitor center, three permanent residences, bunkhouse, and shop.

Area Attractions

Fishing the Green River


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