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

  We allow fishing on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State fishing regulations subject to the following conditions: 

  • We allow fishing on all refuge streams in accordance with State River and Stream regulations, unless closure is necessary to protect nesting trumpeter swans or Arctic Grayling restoration efforts.
  • We allow fishing on Widgeon Pond and Culver Pond. These are open under State River and Stream regulations to fishing from the bank, except for necessary closures to protect nesting trumpeter swans or Arctic grayling restoration efforts.
  • We prohibit fishing on all other refuge waters.
  • We prohibit all means of fishing except the use of pole and line or rod and reel while fishing on the refuge.
  • We prohibit the use of felt-soled wading boots on all refuge waters.
  • We prohibit bait fishing and allow only artificial lures or flies when fishing refuge waters.
  • We prohibit the use or possession of lead sinkers or any lead fishing product while fishing.
  • We prohibit tubes and other flotation devices while fishing on Widgeon and Culver Ponds.
  • We prohibit camping along roadsides. We allow camping only in two established campgrounds. We restrict camping 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.