Refuge Fishing Regulations

Red Rock Creek

Anglers may fish on the refuge subject to the below regulations and when in possession of a valid Montana State Fishing Permit or License.

50 CFR 32.45     Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge




  • Fishing is allowed on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State fishing regulations subject to the following conditions: 
  • Fishing is allowed on some areas of the Refuge in accordance with Montana state fishing regulations subject to the following conditions:
  • All Refuge streams and creeks are open to fishing in accordance with Montana state fishing regulations, except for necessary closures to protect nesting trumpeter swans or spawning Arctic grayling and their restoration efforts.   
  • Fishing is allowed on Widgeon Pond and Culver Pond in accordance with Montana state regulations and when not frozen.  These ponds are open to fishing from the bank only, except for necessary closures to protect nesting swans.  Float tubes and boats of any kind are not allowed on the ponds. 
  • Fishing is prohibited on all other Refuge waters to include Upper and Lower Red Rock Lakes to protect migratory nesting birds and other wildlife.
  • Fishing is only allowed with pole & line and rod & reel. 
  • The use of bait for fishing is prohibited; only artificial lures or flies are permitted.   
  • The use or possession of lead sinkers or any lead fishing product while fishing is prohibited. 
  • The use of felt-soled wading boots is strongly discouraged in order to prevent the introduction of whirling disease and other aquatic invasives into Refuge waters. 
  • Please clean and thoroughly dry your fishing gear and waders before entering Refuge and other waters. 
  • Camping is prohibited along roadsides. Camping is only allowed in two established campgrounds. Camping is restricted to 16 consecutive days within any 30-day period. We prohibit horses in the campgrounds. All bear attractants including, but not limited to, food, garbage, and carcasses, must be acceptably stored at night (unless in immediate use) and during the day if unattended

    Please use this link to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site (Montana State Fishing Regulations) to read and download Montana's Fishing Regulations. Refer to the Refuge General brochure to find Refuge specific regulations and read posted notices for additional specific special regulations.