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Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

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Fish and Wildlife Service
37 Miles North on Highway 372
Green River, WY 82935


Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southwestern Wyoming. The name Seedskadee originated from the Shoshone Indian word Sisk-a-dee-agie meaning river of the prairie hen. The 26,400 acre Refuge protects a diverse mosaic of riparian, wetland, and upland shrub habitats along 36 miles of the Green River. It is literally an oasis of biological diversity that bisects the vast high desert sagebrush plains of southwest Wyoming. Seedskadee NWR was established in 1965 as mitigation for the loss of habitats when Flaming Gorge and Fontenelle dams were constructed. The riparian corridor is an important migration route and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory waterfowl and passerine bird species.Trumpeter swans, bald and golden eagles, Wilson's warblers, mountain bluebirds, and sage grouse are a few of the more commonly observed species of the Refuge's 220 documented bird species. The Refuge also provides habitat for a variety of mammals including moose, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, porcupine, bobcat, beaver, coyote, badger, and white-tailed prairie dogs.Fishery resources are managed cooperatively with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. As a special regulation area, the river supports catch and release fishing for trophy brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Refuge lands are rich in historic and cultural resources due to the fact that the area was used by nomadic Indian tribes, fur trappers, and early pioneers. Many of the old campsites, river crossings, trails (Oregon, Mormon, California), and early structures can still be located on the refuge. Approximately 10,000 people visit the Refuge annually and more than 20 educational and civic organizations participate in environmental education or volunteer programs.

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From Green River, Wyoming, travel west on I-80 about 6 miles to the La Barge Road (Highway 372) exit. Continue north about 27 miles on Highway 372 to the main entrance sign for the Refuge. Turn right onto the gravel entrance road and travel 2.5 miles to the Refuge headquarters. The Refuge is located approximately 1 hour from the Rock Springs airport, 3 hours east of the Salt Lake City Airport, or 3 hours south of the Jackson, Wyoming airport.

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