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
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.
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
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.
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.