Ouray National Wildlife Refuge

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Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
Location Uintah County, Utah, USA
Nearest city Ouray, Utah
Coordinates 40°09′00″N 109°37′00″W / 40.15000°N 109.61667°W / 40.15000; -109.61667Coordinates: 40°09′00″N 109°37′00″W / 40.15000°N 109.61667°W / 40.15000; -109.61667
Area 11,987 acres (48.51 km2)
Established 1960
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (also called Ouray National Waterfowl Refuge) is a wildlife refuge in central Uintah County, Utah in the northeastern part of the state. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge system, located two miles northeast of the village of Ouray, 10 miles southeast of the town of Randlett, and 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Vernal.[1]

Established in 1960, it straddles the Green River for 12 miles (19 km), and covers 11,987 acres (48.5 km2). A portion of the refuge (3,800 acres) is leased from the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.[2] The refuge was created for the use of both local and migratory birds, and with funds provided by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps.[3]

Precipitation is less than seven inches (178 mm) per annum.[4]

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