Plan Your Visit
Special Event July 26, 2014
Join us as we celebrate our 75th anniversary. The Blue Goose Chase is an 11 mile family fun bicycle ride on our Auto Tour Loop; check in starts at 8:30 am. There will be live bluegrass music with the Brown's Mountain Boys, finger foods, cake and a raffle. This is a free event.
Hours of Operation
All gates into the Refuge are closed for the winter. The gates into the Refuge on Bear Creek Road by Refuge HQ and the Startvation Lake entrance open April 14 as well as the gates into Starvation Flat and Blacktail Mountain Road. The gate into Potter's Pond and Bayley Lake opens the Friday before the start of fishing season.
All state traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Vehicles operating
on Refuge roads must be
ATV's, ORV's Snowmobiles
ATV and ORV use is prohibited on all areas of the Refuge. Snowmobiles are allowed only on Olson Creek Road and the Flodell Snow-Park parking area.
Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds with metal fire
Dispersed Hunting Campsites
Dispersed hunting campsites are open from October 1 through December 31. These are primitive no fee campsites with only a rock fire ring. See map for locations - dispersed sites marked with a small circle.
Spring turkey season is open on the Refuge, all other hunting seasons open September 1 or later. See our 2011 Hunting Seasons brochure next August for more information on specific seasons and our Hunting web page for more information..
The Refuge will open for fishing April 29, 2011. See our Fishing web page for more information.
Public Use Opportunities
Birding, fishing, hunting, photography, wildlife observation, camping, hiking, horseback riding, environmental education and interpretation. See our Public Use Info brochure for more information.