Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Plan Your Visit


Driving Directions
Suggested Driving Directions
Public Use Info
Public Use Refuge Map

Hours of Operation

Refuge Headquarters is open year round (except for Federal holidays) Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors may access the Refuge year round at any hour, however our gates are closed to vehicle traffic January 1 through April 13. Fees are not collected for visitor use.


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
“street legal” with current registration, have mufflers, license plates and be in proper
operating condition. Vehicles must remain on established roads open to the public. The
speed limit for Refuge roads is 25 miles per hour. Park vehicles along roadsides but do
not block any roads, gates or trails. Roads may be closed to unauthorized motorized
vehicle travel with an “Authorized Vehicles Only” sign. Authorization must be obtained
from the Refuge Manager.

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 rings from
April 14 through December 31. These are no fee sites. Remove all garbage, including horse manure,
straw and hay. Do not feed wild animals. Do not leave food outside overnight. No drinkable water is
available on the Refuge. Do not leave campfires unattended. Cutting, defacing or
damaging live trees is prohibited. Use only dead and down trees for firewood – do not cut
down snags. Campfire restrictions will be posted in all campgrounds and at Headquarters

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.

Last updated: August 8, 2014