Rules and Regulations


There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the 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. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities at Buffalo Lake National Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!


  •  Pets must be on a leash or under control.
  •  Horses and/or Horseback riding is prohibited on the refuge.
  •  Possession or use of alcohol is prohibited on the refuge.
  •  Pits or permanent blinds are prohibited.
  •  Use caution when walking on roads. Yield to approaching vehicles.
  •  Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Young animals should be left alone.
  •  Help protect resources. All plants, wildlife, and cultural features on the refuge are protected and it is illegal   to remove them.
  •  Open fires are prohibited.
  •  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.
  •  Camping is allowed in designated camping areas.
  •  Visitors are encouraged to take wildlife-related photos within areas open to the public. Professional   photographers wanting to access closed areas or whose subject matter is not specific to wildlife (i.e.,     professional portraits and commercial images) must apply for a Special Use Permit.
  • The releasing of animals wild or feral on the refuge is prohibited.
  • No flying objects (i.e. Drones)