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Rules and Regulations

Whooper-observing visitors 512The following regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and for the safety of visitors.  Observance of these rules will help make the Refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy.  The Refuge Manager reserves the right to close all or part of the Refuge to hunting and/or public access at any time.  Specific regulations will be posted.  The Refuge is also subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

 

Visiting Hours

 

 

The Refuge is open daily from 1 1/2 hours before sunrise to 1 1/2 hours after sunset.  The Visitor Center is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday except during Federal holidays.

Access and Parking

Motorized vehicles are permitted only on developed roads and parking areas.  Driving off-road or on roads closed by signs or barriers is prohibited.  Parking in front of gates, on bridges, or on water control structures is also prohibited.

Hunting

Hunting is permitted on 8,000 acres of the Refuge.  The hunting program is managed in accordance with Federal and State regulations.  Only waterfowl, pheasants, quail, dove, snipe, rails, squirrels, and rabbits may be hunted on Quivira NWR within the hunting zone.  Special Refuge regulations also apply, as listed in the Quivira NWR hunting and fishing leaflet available at the Refuge Visitor Center.  An accessible waterfowl hunting blind is available by reservation only.

Hunting and Fishing at Quivira
 

Firearms

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law.  Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with Refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific Refuge regulations in 50 CFR Par 32).  Discharge of a firearm for any reason other than the legal taking of game animals is prohibited.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted on the Refuge.  The fishing program is managed in accordance with Federal and State regulations.  Special Refuge regulations, listed in the Quivira NWR hunting and fishing leaflet, also apply.  An accessible fishing area is located on the north end of the Little Salt Marsh.  The "Kids' Fishing Pond," located west of the Visitor Center, is open for kids 14 years and younger.  An accompanying adult may fish with the youth.  An accessible pier is also located at this pond.

Boating

The use of boats and canoes is not allowed on the Refuge.

Hiking

All of the Refuge is open to hiking, unless otherwise posted as Closed to Public Entry.

Bicycling

Bicycling is permitted on the Refuge, but is restricted to established roads.  Bicycles are prohibited on all hiking trails.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is permitted, but for safety purposes, Refuge staff must be notified before any riding activities take place.  Horses are restricted to established roads and are prohibited on all hiking trails.

Camping

Overnight camping is not permitted.  All visitors must leave the Refuge at the end of each day.

Fires

No fires of any type are permitted withing the Refuge.

Littering

Littering is prohibited on the Refuge.  Please remove all trash from the Refuge.

Picnicking

There are no picnic facilities at Quivira.

Pets

Dogs and other pets must be under the owner's control at all times.  From March 1 through July 31, all dogs and other pets must be leashed.

Last Updated: May 21, 2012
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