Rules and Regulations

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Activities that are not wildlife related, negatively impact habitats or work against protecting and understanding wildlife will have rules governing the activity. 

There are lots of fun, interesting and educational activities that you can do on the refuge. Please check with refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment, yourself, other people, wildlife or habitats.  We want all of our visitors to enjoy the refuge and help us protect this area by following all rules and regulations.  

All motorized vehicles must be street legal and are restricted to roads designated for public access.

No bicycles are allowed on the boardwalks.

Drones are prohibited on the refuge. Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) is prohibited.  50 CFR 27.34/27.61

Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (March 10-Sept. 3, 2019). From September to March, visitor center hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, except CLOSED on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Dispose of trash properly in receptacles located throughout the refuge as littering is strictly prohibited.

Do not abandon any type of animal or fish anywhere throughout the refuge.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times, except when used in association with legal hunting in designated areas.  Dogs are allowed on boardwalks; owners must clean up after their pets. 

Do not leave pets in vehicles, especially from April through October when daytime temperatures can be high.

Hunting is permitted in designated areas and is subject to all applicable state, federal and refuge specific regulations. Hunting Rules and Regulations.

Hikers should stay on designated boardwalks and trails.  Be aware of your surroundings especially during the spring, summer and fall when venomous rattlesnakes, including sidewinders, are still active. Do not disturb, injure or kill them.  

The refuge does not allow horseback riding, fishing, camping, open fires, fireworks, off-road vehicles, swimming or collecting of plants, animals, geological formations or artifacts.

Only non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are permitted on the refuge and only on Crystal and Peterson Reservoirs.  Watercraft must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules.  Help protect your boat and Nevada's waters by thoroughly cleaning your boat prior to entering any body of water and checking for aquatic hitchhikers, such as the quagga mussel.  For more information visit