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Visitor Regulations

The staff at Patuxent Research Refuge strive to maintain the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife and their habitats. It is the visitor's responsibility to ensure that wildlife has a place to grow and survive for future generations by respecting and obeying Refuge regulations. In all cases, public access, use, or recreational activities not specifically permitted are prohibited. Please inquire at the North Tract Visitor Contact Station or National Wildlife Visitor Center to ensure that your activity is permitted. All visitors to Patuxent Research Refuge are expected to comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations, as well as with the following conditions:

Traveling off roads, off trails and in closed areas is prohibited.The Refuge speed limit is 25 mph unless posted otherwise.

Pets must be kept on a leash (no longer than10 feet) and under control at all times. Pets are not allowed in Refuge ponds or waterways.

Plants and animals (living or dead) may not be disturbed, introduced or removed — with the exception of legally harvested game and fish.

Activities such as swimming, tubing, rafting, picnicking and sunbathing are not allowed on the Refuge. The use of boats for fishing is permitted only at Cash Lake with a valid Refuge Fishing Permit.

Possession of a firearm or weapon is prohibited except in accordance with State and Federal law..

Please do not litter. Take trash with you and dispose of it properly.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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