Designated trails, roads, and parking areas are open to public access from sunrise to sunset seven days a week and the Refuge is open most federal holidays (closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). The Visitor Center is open Wednesdays - Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed on all federal holidays). Please note the Visitor Center is currently closed.

To protect wildlife and habitat, visitor access is limited to designated trails and roads only. All other Refuge lands and staff roads are closed to visitor entry.

Please Enjoy these Wildlife Related Recreational Activities:
• Wildlife observation
• Wildlife photography
• Hiking / snowshoeing / cross country skiing on designated trails
• Bicycling and Class 1 e-Bikes beginning January 2, 2021, on designated trails. Click here for details. 
• Seasonal catch and release fishing is permitted in accordance with state and Refuge regulations in designated areas. A Refuge Fishing Permit and a daily fee is required. 

Prohibited activities and uses include, but are not limited to:
• Hiking off designated trails
• Motorized vehicles off designated roads.
• Pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.), with exception of service animals
• Parking in undesignated areas and Overnight parking
• Abandonment of wild or domestic animals.
• Launching, landing, and operating aircraft (model aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles / drones).
• Possessing and discharging fireworks
• Discharging firearms or other weapons
• Disturbing, injuring, and damaging wildlife and plants
• Searching for and removal of any object (plants, wildlife, natural objects, mineral, antiquities, etc)
• Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages
• Possession or consumption of marijuana and any controlled substance and associated paraphernalia
• Commercial photography and motion pictures
• Camping, tents, and building of structures
• Abandonment of property (littering and dumping)
• Use of boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, paddleboards, and other floatation devices on Refuge waters.
• Walking or skating on ice
• Swimming and bathing in all Refuge waters
• Campfires and grills

For additional information visit the refuge visitor center or call 303-289-0930

To Report Violations on Federal Refuge Lands: dial 1-844-397-8477 or email

To Report Emergency / Medical / Fire: dial 911