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Rules and Regulations

Refuge trail sign - USFWS.


  • Hours
    The refuge is open from dawn to dusk, all year. The visitor center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the weekend (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • Fees
    Daily (at self-pay kiosk)
    Private Vehicle - $3
    Pedestrian, Bicyclist - $1
    Commercial Van or Bus up to 20 passengers - $15
    Commercial Van or Bus 21 passengers or more - $25
    Annual and lifetime passes (at the Visitor Center)
    Include either a current Federal Duck Stamp valid July 1 to June 30 ($25); a Blackwater NWR Pass ($12), valid one year from date of issue; an Interagency Annual Pass ($80), valid one year from date of issue; a lifetime Interagency Seniors Pass ($10); or a lifetime Interagency Access Pass, which is free for the blind and permanently disabled.
  • Pets are not allowed on the refuge outside a vehicle, even on a leash.
  • Collecting, disturbing or destroying plants, animals or parts thereof, is prohibited unless specifically authorized under a special use permit. For details see 50 CFR 18-99 parts 27 and 32.
  • Camping and fires (of any type) are not permitted anywhere on the refuge.
  • To reduce disturbance to wildlife and for visitor safety, public use is restricted to designated areas.
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2016
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