Refuge Regulations

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Regulations Protect Wildlife...and You

Refuge hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset

  • Hunting and fishing are allowed in certain areas as indicated in refuge leaflets.
  • Fishing areas are marked with “Public Fishing Area” signs.
  • Edible mushrooms, nuts, fruits, and berries may be collected for personal use only. All other collecting of plants is prohibited.
  • Shed deer antlers may be collected for personal use only. The collection of dead animal parts and live animals is not permitted.
  • The sale of any items obtained from the refuge is prohibited.
  • Bicycling is permitted only on gravel or paved roads. Riding on hiking trails is prohibited.
  • Spotlighting wildlife is prohibited.
  • Campfires and outdoor grills are not allowed.
  • Swimming is not allowed.
  • Off road vehicle use is prohibited.
  • Entry into areas marked with “Area Closed” signs is not permitted.
  • Hikers are welcome in any open portion of the refuge.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash unless participating in an authorized hunting activity.
  • Horseback riding is not allowed.
  • Taking, disturbing, injuring, or possessing any wildlife or plants on the refuge is illegal except as authorized.
  • It is illegal to release any wild or domestic animal on the refuge.
  • The refuge speed limit is 20 miles per hour.
  • Leaving vehicles overnight on the refuge is not permitted.
  • Filming motion pictures for commercial use is not allowed without a special permit.
  • Littering is prohibited.
  • Searching for or removing any historic or Native American artifacts from the refuge is not permitted.
  • The use of metal detectors is not allowed.