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Wyoming
Southeast Region
Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge
PATHFINDER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
PATHFINDER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Alcova, Wyoming

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Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1928 by Executive Order 4860 which reserved public lands on Pathfinder Reservoir as a refuge and breeding ground for native birds. The Refuge overlays portions of the Bureau of Reclamations Pathfinder Reservoir. The Refuge consists of four small units totaling 16,807 acres. They are Sweetwater Arm, Goose Bay, DeWeese Creek, and Sage Creek. The Refuge is an important waterfowl unit in the western edge of the Central Flyway. Upland portions of the Refuge provide habitat for pronghorn, mule deer, rabbits, and sage grouse. The Refuge is not staffed and is a satellite of Arapaho NWR.

Nature of the Area
The Refuge wetlands provide feeding and resting areas for waterfowl during their annual migrations. Since the reservoir itself fluctuates as much as 50 feet per year, it is difficult to provide cover for waterfowl nesting. Other waterbirds such as willets, American avocets, Wilson's phalaropes, American coots, and great blue herons also use the wetland areas. Upland portions of the Refuge are sagebrush / grassland habitats; they provide habitat for pronghorn, mule deer, rabbits, and sage grouse.
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July 25 fishing sucks by fishedup
fishing sucks there, much better and bigger fish at Alcova lake for rainbows and walleyes
May 24 littering by andy
people leave garbage everywhere very rude drunk boaters I,ve fished there alot but no more
May 9 ice or white caps amazing fishing by UglyStick
Amazing fishing all year!Along with plenty of wildlife to keep you company


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel - ELK MOUNTAIN, WYBBs / Inns
Experience one of Wyoming's most gracious and elegant historic country Inns. Enjoy gourmet dining with your loved one away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Casual, comfortable and a step back in time to a more leisured era. Be pampered in our 12 ensuite guest rooms year round.
Web Site: elkmountainhotel.com
57.5 miles from park*
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To reach the Sweetwater Arm of Pathfinder NWR, travel southwest from Alcova, Wyoming, 20 miles along state Highway 220.

USA Parks
Wyoming
Southeast Region
Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge
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