Red Rock Lakes NWR offers good opportunities to photograph scenery, wildflowers, and wildlife. Because of the increasing requests for information on photography, we have prepared the following guidelines.
Photography is only allowed in areas open to the general public (see Home Page Visitor Map).
Refuge regulations prohibit any harassment of wildlife. Harassment includes (but is not limited to), causing wildlife to flush or run or to leave its nest or young. Do not approach nesting trumpeter swans or other birds. Many photographic opportunities are available from the roads.
Some wildlife (i.e., cow moose with calves) are potentially dangerous. Photographs of these animals should be taken from a distance using a telephoto lens, if possible. Wildlife here has not acclimated to humans, as in many National Parks. If these species feel threatened or startled, they may run (which is harassment) or they may attack. Use extreme caution. Commercial photography/videography requires a permit that can be obtained from the refuge headquarters.