Visitors are welcome at Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge year-round. However, public uses may be limited at times in certain places to protect wildlife.
Wildlife Observation, Photography
The refuge provides good opportunities
to view wildlife. Vehicle travel is limited, but access roads provide
vantage points over the reservoir. Some are suitable only for high
clearance vehicles. Four-wheel drive is necessary on unimproved roads
during wet/snowy weather.
There is a short paved trail in the park and a longer gravel trail at the east side of the boat ramp. Foot access is allowed anytime throughout the refuge.
Boating is permitted only in the boat fishing areas designated on the map and only during specified dates when boat fishing is permitted.
Day use only is allowed on the refuge. Walcott State Park has picnic, RV, and tent camping sites.
Vehicles and Parking
Motorized vehicles, including four wheelers, are permitted only on signed roads. Snow machines are prohibited. No off-road travel is allowed. Vehicles may be parked along the roadside in a manner that does not obstruct traffic. Please take care not to park in dry grass; catalytic converters can start fires, burning wildlife habitat and your vehicle. From October to January, vehicles within the refuge hunting areas must be in designated parking areas.
Pets are allowed if on a leash or under close control.
Use of weapons is permitted only in the designated hunting areas and only during authorized hunting seasons.
Personal property, including boats and decoys, must be removed from the refuge at the end of each day.
Swimming, open fires and fireworks are not allowed at any time. If you are responsible for starting a wildfire, you may be charged with fire-fighting costs and damages. Other restrictions may apply in Walcott State Park. Collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, minerals, antlers, feathers and objects of antiquity (including Native American artifacts, such as arrowheads) is prohibited. It is unlawful to release any plant or animal on the refuge.