Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region
Deer Flat NWR
13751 Upper Embankment Rd Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: 208-467-9278
Fax: 208-467-1019

Hunting Regulations

Hunting at Lake LowellVisitors can hunt on both the Lake Lowell and the Snake River Islands units of the refuge. Limits and seasons are set by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, as appropriate. Contact them for current hunting regulations.

Some special regulations apply at the refuge:

  • All waterfowl, coot, upland game, and mourning dove hunters on the refuge are required to use non-toxic shot and may not possess lead shot in the field.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Although use of permanent blinds is prohibited, portable blinds are allowed if they are removed at the end of each day. Temporary blinds may be constructed from natural vegetation less than 3 inches in diameter and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about hunting, including help getting ready for hunting season, information on the Federal Duck Stamp, and links to the most recent waterfowl harvest surveys and population status reports, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's hunting information clearinghouse.

Lake Lowell Unit
Family hunting at Lake LowellHunting on the Lake Lowell Unit is limited to the East Side and South Side Recreation Areas. Hunting at the Lake Lowell Unit is restricted to upland game birds, mourning doves, ducks and coots, and deer (controlled hunt with special regulations). Goose hunting is prohibited throughout the Lake Lowell Unit of the refuge.

All duck and coot hunting must take place within 200 yards of the water's edge. Duck and coot hunting in the East Side Recreation Area is walk-in only. Duck and coot hunters in the South Side Recreation Area may use float tubes, non-motorized boats, or boats with electric motors only.

See links for more information about hunting the Lake Lowell Unit of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge or for current waterfowl counts.


Snake River Islands Unit
Goose hunting on a refuge island in the Snake RiverAll refuge islands are open for hunting. Where the Snake River is the boundary between Idaho and Oregon, you may hunt the islands according to the regulations of the state for which you are licensed.

Hunting of waterfowl, coots, upland game, mourning doves, and deer is allowed on all refuge islands during state seasons.

See link for more information about hunting the Snake River Island Unit of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.

Last updated: July 23, 2014