Refuge hours are from sunrise to sunset, except for hunting—hunting access is 1-1/2 hours before legal hunting hours to 1-1/2 hours after legal hunting hours.
The refuge is closed to all public entry during the winter season—the end of the state waterfowl season (usually the end of January) through the last day of February.
Camping and fires are prohibited year-round.
Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals.
Horseback riding and bicycling are permitted on designated public access roads during the spring and summer season (March 1 through September 30).
Fishing and boating are allowed as per state and U.S. Coast Guard regulations March 1 through September 30.
Waterfowl and upland bird hunting are permitted October 1 through the end of state waterfowl hunting season in accordance with state and federal regulations. Access for hunting is from two parking lots off the Shaw Road on the east side of the refuge. The south end of the refuge is open to hunting; most of the refuge is closed to all access. Hunt days are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Hunting regulations can be found at www.fws.gov/mcriver/regulations.html. For further questions regarding hunting at McKay Creek, contact our main office at (509) 546-8300, or visit www.fws.gov/mcriver/hunting.html.
Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.
Other prohibitions on the refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.
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