Rules and Regulations

There are lots 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 on Chase Lake refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

•The Refuge is open to firearm and archery deer hunting by foot access only.

•Pelican viewing is authorized only by Special Use Permit issued by the Refuge Manager.

•All other entry and activities are prohibited.

Chase Lake Refuge is one of only two wilderness refuges in North Dakota and is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of white pelicans in North America. Pelicans and other colonial bird species nest at the Refuge from April through September and are easily disturbed on their nesting colony. These birds nest on islands which provide them the vital privacy and security needed to successfully reproduce and raise young.

To prevent human disturbance which may lead to increased mammalian and avian predation, a Special Use Permit is required to enter the Refuge and observe the pelicans. Please consult the Refuge Manager for a Special Use Permit and current regulations before entering the Refuge to view the colonies.

A Special Use Permit is not required for deer hunting. Chase Lake Refuge is open to both firearm and archery deer hunting.


Refuge Signs and Their Meaning 


Refuge Sign  

National Wildlife Refuge

Marks the boundary of National Wildlife Refuges or Easement Refuges. Consult Refuge Manager for specific regulations.
Public Hunting Area

Marks the boundary of a National Wildlife Refuge open to hunting.

No Hunting Permitted

Marks no hunting in designated areas. Consult Refuge Manager for specific regulations.