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Rules and Regulations

Sandhill Cranes in SunsetTo protect habitat and keep Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge a safe place for both wildlife and people, please follow these simple rules:

Drive only on designated roads. No access is allowed in areas marked with “Closed Area” signs.

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law.

Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations during waterfowl hunting.

Dumping any type of animal or fish anywhere in the refuge is in violation of state and federal laws.

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge visitor contact station is open sunrise to sunset year-round; check Blue Heron Trails page for current hours.


Prohibited Activities

Pets, fishing, bicycling, running, archery, target shooting, alcohol, camping, overnight parking, collecting, disturbing wildlife, remote controlled devices, radios, littering, open fires, fireworks, swimming, personal motorized watercraft, non-guided personal non-motorized watercraft, horses, all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes are prohibited.


Waterfowl Hunting

Seasonal waterfowl hunting opportunities are offered and require a refuge application and reservation. Please check the Waterfowl Hunting page for details on hunting rules and regulations.


Consult the Refuge Manager for any additional regulations or questions about an activity.


Page Photo Credits — Sandhill Cranes at sunset / Marvin de Jong
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2013
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