The refuge is closed to public access except through special events and permit only deer hunts.
Plum island is only open for limited special events but after recent completion of a comprehensive conservation plan, is approved to open to the public for day use (hiking, wildlife observation, photography). However, in order to offer safe and quality experiences to refuge visitors a number of projects must first be completed. Plum Island is planned to open to visitors during summer of 2014 - date TBD. Hog and Pilot Islands are closed to the public and will remain so in order to reduce disturbance to nesting birds. However, nesting waterbirds can be viewed from a distance. Nearby boaters and kayakers are encouraged to help protect nesting birds from disturbance by maintaining a ¼ mile buffer from the islands. Hog Island can be viewed from Percy Johnson County Park on Washington Island, 640 Lakeview Road.
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The dwarf lake iris is listed on the Endangered Species List and is only found in select habitats in the Great Lakes region.