Rules and Regulations

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The refuge is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. There are two accessible viewing decks overlooking the Bandon Marsh and Ni-les'tun Units, respectively; a short interpretive walk and beach access can be found at Coquille Point, part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. No fees are required at Bandon Marsh Refuge. Sport hunting and fishing are permitted on Bandon Marsh Refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations.


Two portions of Bandon Marsh NWR are open for waterfowl hunting during all authorized waterfowl seasons: a 286-acre section of the Ni-les'tun Unit, and about two-thirds of the Bandon Marsh Unit west of Highway 101, outside of Bandon city limits. The southern 1/3 of this part of the refuge is closed to hunting because it falls within the city limits of Bandon, where it is illegal to discharge firearms by Oregon state law. The southern boundary of the public hunting area is posted with "Public Hunting Area" signs. Go to our Permits page for more on hunting at Bandon Marsh NWR.     

Bird-call Playback Devices

Playing recorded bird-calls with intent to attract birds is an issue of growing concern within the Refuge System, as the use of technology for birding and wildlife photography continues to increase and evolve. To avoid potential disturbance to wildlife and other visitors, the use of such devices is discouraged at this refuge.

Use of Drones Illegal on Refuges

Areas considered ecologically sensitive—including lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, host to threatened or even endangered species—can be disproportionately affected by drone flights. Thus it is illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge lands. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife, e.g. flushing nesting birds from an offshore island or causing resting pinnipeds to flee for the water.

​For more information on drone use over refuges, consult the Service's UAS Resource Guide.

Get a detailed guide to responsible drone use here.