Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

WMA Overview

Size: 9347 acres
Location: Graves, Marshall & McCracken
Contact: (270) 527-5770
Elevation: minimum feet, maximum feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.8795, Longitude W -88.3444
Area Habitat: open land 15.43%, forest 47.79%, wetland 36.41%, open water 0.30%.


Refuge permits required for anyone who is also required to have a Kentucky State hunting license and is engaged in hunting activities on the Refuge. The free permit should be obtained and signed before arriving to hunt on the Refuge.

Turkey: Open under statewide regulations during the spring season.

Squirrel: Open under statewide regulations during the spring season.

Squirrel hunters who hunt with shotguns must use non-toxic shot.

No bonus birds. Must use statewide turkey permit.

Night hunting for coyote is prohibited. 

For more information: Call (270) 527-5770 or visit the refuge's hunting page at

Fall Hunting dates/regulations are currently pending. 

Directions & Description

Along a 40-mile stretch of Clarks River; nearest town is Benton. No established roads or trails. Clarks River is the only National Wildlife Refuge located entirely within Kentucky. Land is still being purchased to complete projected size of 18,000 acres. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing. Owned by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 91 U.S. Hwy. 641 North, Benton, KY 42025