Rules and Regulations

Area closed bird nesting area sign with birds in flight behind it at Breton

Breton National Wildlife Refuge is managed as crucial sanctuary for twenty-three species of seabirds and shorebirds. Day use only is allowed, and areas where birds are nesting are closed to prevent disturbance to the wildlife.


Enjoy exploring and recreating on your National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset, with areas of nesting birds closed to entry. To ensure healthy habitat and sustainable wildlife resources for your continued enjoyment, and to ensure visitor safety, the following are rules and prohibited activities:

• Refuge visitors should avoid disturbing the bird nesting colonies on the islands. We will post as closed to all entry portions of the refuge during the migratory nesting season to reduce disturbance to shorebirds and colonial nesting seabirds
• Recreational fishing and crabbing on the Refuge is allowed year round in accordance to Louisiana state fishing regulations. All fishing and crabbing equipment must be attended at all times. 
• Trotlines, slat traps, or nets are not allowed. 
• The Refuge is open during daylight hours only – nighttime use and camping are prohibited.
• Cutting, removing, or damaging vegetation is prohibited.