Rules and Regulations

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There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational opportunities on the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.  Keep in mind, the refuge is managed for the benefit of the wildlife.  Please check with refuge staff before participating in an activity that is not wildlife related or could harm you or the environment.  Be safe and have fun!


  • Public entry is permitted on units open to the public from sunrise to sunset year-round. 
  • Camping and open fires are prohibited. 
  • Seasonal waterfowl hunting opportunities are offered. Please check refuge website for details.
  • To protect the fragile habitat, off-road travel and the use of all-terrain vehicles is not allowed.
  • Disturbing or collecting any plant or animal is prohibited. 
  • Pets must be on a leash while on the refuge.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations.


For your safety:

  • Alligators are common and should be observed from a distance at all times. Do not feed alligators or any other wildlife.
  • Remember, all wildlife is protected on the refuge. Watch your step and be on the look-out for venomous snakes, including the cottonmouth, rattlesnake, coral snake and copperhead. 
  • Be especially attentive of small children.