No permits or fees are required to use the auto tour routes and nature trails during normal Refuge hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset).
Waterfowl hunters must obtain a daily hunting permit from the appropriate hunter check station for the area they wish to hunt.
The Refuge often issues Special Use Permits to wildlife photographers wishing to access the Refuge in exchange for permission to use photos – many of the photos on this website and our brochures came from photographers under a Special Use Permit. Contact the office for more information.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.
Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.
Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.
For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.