All local, State, and Federal regulations apply on the
Refuge. Specific Refuge regulations are addressed in Title 50 of the
Code of Federal Regulations. In addition you are reminded of the following:
- The Refuge is open during daylight hours only (from
1-hour before sunrise to 1-hour after sunset).
- Camping, open fires, feeding or baiting of wildlife,
swimming in Refuge waters, or entering any area posted with area
closed signs is prohibited.
- All domestic pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) must
be properly confined, leashed (10-foot maximum), or haltered and
under owner control at all times.
- Littering or dumping of garbage, refuse, sewage, debris,
or other wastes or poisons is prohibited.
- The use of a spotlight, automotive headlight, or other
artificial light to spot, observe, locate, or take any animal on
the Refuge is prohibited.
- Taking, possessing, injuring, disturbing, damaging,
destroying, or collecting any plant or animal (or attempting these
actions) is prohibited.
- Destroying, defacing, damaging, disturbing, or removing
any private or public property, including any natural object or artifact,
is prohibited. The use or possession of metal detectors or similar
devices is prohibited.
- Disturbing, molesting, or interfering with any person
engaged in an authorized activity is prohibited. Engaging in any
act of indecency or disorderly conduct (as defined by State or local
laws) is prohibited.
- Entering or remaining on the Refuge when under the
influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited.
- Begging or soliciting in any form or conducting a
commercial enterprise on the Refuge is prohibited.
- Carrying, possessing, or discharging firearms, fireworks,
or explosives is prohibited. Firearms may be possessed, used, or
transported only by persons engaged in public hunting or by persons
carrying unloaded firearms that are either dismantled or cased.
- Carrying, using, or possessing cross bows, bows and
arrows, air guns, spears, gigs, or other weapons is prohibited. Some
of these weapons may be legal to use for hunting or fishing (see
current Refuge hunting permit and State regulations).
- Hunting and fishing are subject to State and local
regulations, seasons, and bag limits. Only the use of pole and line,
rod and reel, or cast net is permitted. A Refuge permit is required
- The speed limit on all Refuge roads, unless otherwise
posted, is 35 miles per hour. State traffic laws that govern the
use and operation of vehicles apply on the Refuge.
- Traveling outside of designated routes of travel is
prohibited. Designated routes of travel are shown on the Refuge maps
or as posted with road closed, no vehicle, or foot
traffic only signs.
- Operating any vehicle or boat that does not bear valid
license plates or identification numbers and that is not properly
lighted, certified, registered, or inspected according to State laws
is prohibited. ATV's (3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, etc.) are
- Stopping or parking a vehicle (either attended or
unattended) on a road, trail, or firelane such that it blocks the
free movement of other vehicles is prohibited.
- Carrying, using, or possessing paintball guns or paintball
markers is prohibited.
- Any act of indecency or disorderly conduct is prohibited.
All hunts on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge are
administered by the NC
Wildlife Resources Commission. Please contact them for detailed
There are also special Permit Hunting Opportunities throughout the area, visit the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Permit Hunting page for details.