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Rules and Regulations

512_Rules_and _Regs_Sign_USFWSTo protect habitat and keep the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge and safe place for wildlife and people, please follow these simple rules:

The San Joaquin River NWR is open daily from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Please note that ALL areas of the refuge are closed to public entry unless otherwise explicitly posted as a nature trail, wildlife observation area, or parking lot.  National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife first.

  • Respect other refuge visitors’ viewing opportunities
  • Minimize disturbance to wildlife
  • No collecting of plants, plant parts, or mushrooms
  • No feeding wildlife
  • No bicycling allowed on the Refuge
  • No horseback riding
  • Pets must be on leash at all times when outside of vehicles
  • No camping, campfires, or cooking grills
  • Park vehicles only in designated parking areas
  • Keeping noise levels to a minimum will enhance wildlife viewing
  • Please remove all trash
  • No fishing
  • No hunting
  • No target shooting
Page Photo Credits — Rules Sign at Wetland / USFWS
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015
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