Rules and Regulations

USFWS Boundary posting

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably Refuge rules governing this activity.  Activities at Bear River for you to enjoy include birding, wildlife observation & photography, hunting, fishing and more. Be safe and have fun!


If this is an Emergency, dial 911.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is one of over 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a system of lands set aside to conserve wildlife and habitat for people to enjoy today and for generations to come. The Refuge is patrolled by law enforcement officers. To ensure your safety while visiting and protect your National Wildlife Refuge and the wildlife inhabiting it, please be mindful of and abide by all laws, rules, and regulations during your visit. If you are unsure if an activity is allowed, please contact the Refuge by calling 435-723-5887 or emailing at bearriver@fws.gov.

To report Refuge or wildlife violations, please contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Turn In Poachers (TIPS) line by phone (844) FWS-TIPS (397-8477) OR email fws_tips@fws.gov.


 General Refuge Regulations

  • The Auto Tour Route, Wetland Wonders trail, and Marsh Meander trail are open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days of the year.
  • The Auto Tour Route is one-way only. Signs indicate correct direction of travel.
  • The speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.
  • Legally licensed motor vehicles are allowed only on Refuge roads open to the public. Unlicensed off-highway vehicles (OHVs) may not be used anywhere on the Refuge.
  • Off-road vehicle travel is prohibited.
  • Hiking, walking, jogging, bicycling, and other similar activities are permitted only on roadways, parking areas, and trails that are open for public use.
  • Dogs must be under the direct control of a responsible person at all times.
  • Stopping and parking is allowed only in designated areas. Please be mindful of other visitors and do not block access to roadways, parking lots, or kiosks.
  • Wildlife observation and photography are allowed only from designated trails, the Auto Tour Route, and designated vehicle pullouts and parking areas.
  • Fires and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Camping or overnight parking, including RVs, is prohibited.
  • Target shooting, including using air rifles and archery equipment, is prohibited.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with Refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).
  • Recreational boating is allowed only on the Bear River. The Refuge provides access to the Bear River from one boat ramp located at the site of the Historic Duckville Gun Club. This ramp is indicated on Refuge brochures, maps, and kiosks.
  • Takeoff or landing of any aircraft including drones or unmanned aircraft systems is prohibited.
  • Littering is prohibited. Litter can cause harm or death to wildlife. Please help keep your Refuge beautiful and protect wildlife by taking all trash and personal belongings with you when you leave!
  • Fishing is allowed on the Refuge in accordance with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources regulations and bag limits in designated areas along the Bear River and in canals and wetlands. Please visit the Refuge Fishing page for fishing specific rules and regulations.
  • Waterfowl and pheasant hunting are permitted in accordance with both federal and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources regulations and bag limits in designated areas. Please visit the Refuge Hunting page for hunting specific rules and regulations.