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Pathfinder Reservoir- This site is located on the North Platte River 47 miles southwest of Casper. Parts of the reservoir are included in the Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge. There are 3 campgrounds and 3 boat ramps.

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Description - Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge lies in south central Wyoming. Pathfinder NWR consists of 16,807 and is an overlay project on part of the Bureau of Reclamation's Pathfinder Reservoir. At low reservoir levels much of the refuge is bare mud flat with some marsh adjacent to the inlets. The upland portion is grassland interspersed with sagebrush flats. The upland portion of the refuge bounds the refuge in narrow strips, itself bounded by public lands used for grazing of livestock.

The largest unit of the refuge lies astraddle of what is known as the Sweetwater Arm of the reservoir. The three smaller units are to the south of the Sweetwater Arm at Goose Bay, DeWeese Creek, and at the injunction of Sage Creek and the North Platte River.

Recreation - The primary activities available at Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge include birdwatching, fishing, hunting and motorized and non-motorized boating.

Climate - This is a very arid region where the winters are long and cold, and the summers hot and dry. The average precipitation for the area is just over 10 inches, with over half that occurring in the winter months.

Location - This isolated refuge is located 50 miles southwest of Casper and 20 miles from the small settlement of Alcova, Wyoming.


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Contact Information:
Pathfinder NWR, c/o Arapaho NWR, P.O. Box 457 , Walden, CO, 80480, Phone: 970-723-8202
, r6rw_arp@fws.gov

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Carbon County -
Central Wyoming - The region we are calling Central Wyoming stretches from the Absaroka and Wind River Ranges in the west, to the South Dakota/Nebraska border in the east. This region includes several spectacular mountain ranges as well as vast areas of high desert.
Pathfinder Reservoir - This site is located on the North Platte River 47 miles southwest of Casper. Parts of the reservoir are included in the Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge. There are 3 campgrounds and 3 boat ramps.
Southern Wyoming - This region encompasses the southern quarter of the state. It is a generally arid region apart from mountainous areas around Laramie.
Wyoming National Wildlife Refuges - There are four National Wildlife Refuges located throughout Wyoming. They include a lake and a reservoir, a 36 mile stretch of the Green River, and the well known National Elk Refuge.

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