Rules and Regulations

Boardwalk at the beach

The top priority at national wildlife refuges is the safety of our visiting public. We want to provide an optimal opportunity to view wildlife in a fun, safe and natural setting. With so much to enjoy we would like to leave you with a few reminders.

  • The refuge is open from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
  • Pets are not allowed at any time of year (effective April 1, 2011)
  • The North Mile and all dune areas are closed to public access.
  • Swimming, surfing and sunbathing are not permitted on the Refuge beach.
  • The Dike Trails are closed seasonally to fulfill habitat management objectives.
  • Commercial activities, such as commercial photography/filming and kayak tour operation, are permitted with Special Use Permits only.
  • The use of motorized and non-motorized aircraft, including drones and kites, is prohibited.
  • Metal detecting is not permitted at any time of year.
  • Handling of wildlife is strictly prohibited for the safety of visitors and the safety of wildlife.
  • Due to space concerns in the refuge parking lot, trailers cannot be accommodated.