In the shadow of the Wind River Mountain Range on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, the Green River is an oasis that bisects the high desert sagebrush plains of southwest Wyoming. The river corridor is vital for more than 250 species of resident and migrant wildlife.
The name Seedskadee originated from the Shoshone Indian word "Sisk-a-dee-agie" meaning "river of the prairie hen." The 27,230 acre Refuge protects a mosaic of riparian, wetland, and upland shrub habitats along 36 miles of the Green River in southwest Wyoming. The riparian corridor of the Green River is an important migration route and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory waterfowl and passerine bird species. Many insects, big game and small mammals can be found on the Refuge as well as resident and migratory birds. Refuge lands are also rich in historic and cultural resources. The area was used by nomadic Indian tribes, fur trappers, and early pioneers. Hundreds of thousands of pioneers crossed the treacherous Green River on what is now Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The Oregon and Mormon Trails, which cross the refuge, have been designated as National Historic Trails by Congress. Jim Bridger and others operated ferries on the Green in the 1840's and 1850's. Diaries of immigrants often mention the crossing on the river and its difficulties. Ferries were swept away by the strong currents and lives and possessions were lost. To this day, some of the trails can be traced across the Refuge by their ruts.
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.
Following the establishment of Florida's Pelican Island as the first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903, the System has grown to encompass more than 566 National Wildlife Refuges spanning approximately 100 million acres of lands and 750 million acres of oceans in the United States.
More than 41 million people visit National Wildlife Refuges each year to participate in activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and photography, and to attend environmental education and interpretive programs. Their spending generates almost $1.7 billion in sales and close to 27,000 jobs for regional economies.
Wildlife Refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and more than 200 species of fish. Fifty-nine Refuges have been established with a primary purpose of conserving threatened or endangered species.
There is at least one National Wildlife Refuge in every state, and one within an hour's drive of most major cities — offering people a welcoming, safe, and accessible place to nourish their spirits and reconnect to the land.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour before sunset. The Refuge has an Environmental Education Center with wildlife displays, learning opportunities, a meeting room, and observation deck. There is no camping allowed on the Refuge, but an Auto Tour Route is available, as well as various roads to access the Refuge. Hiking is welcome across the Refuge and on two unmaintained trails. Fishing and floating are popular activities and staff maintains four boat ramps for non-motorized boat use. Contact the Refuge (307) 875-2187 or visit our website for a copy of our current hunting and fishing regulations.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge hosted a Songscape where the River Whyless visited Seedkadee, wrote a song, and recorded a music video.