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 refuge management, or consult our publications, before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of other activities on Conboy Lake for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!


Fishing is permitted on the refuge in designated areas and in accordance with state and federal regulations. Bank fishing is allowed only on a 1/4-mile section of Outlet Creek, upstream from the bridge on Lakeside Road. Common fish include rainbow trout, brook trout and bullheads.


Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.

Prohibited Activities

The refuge is open for day use only, sunrise to sunset; no overnight parking or camping is allowed. Camping is available at Glenwood and Trout Lake.

The use of unmanned aircraft or drones on the refuge is prohibited.

Other prohibitions on the refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.


Hunting of some bird species is permitted on the refuge during the regular Washington State hunting seasons in public hunting areas designated on the refuge map. All other species are protected, e.g., elk, deer, upland birds, turkeys, coyotes, cougars, crows, squirrels and rabbits.

No trapping of any kind is allowed on Conboy Lake NWR.

For the current regulations related to hunting on Conboy Lake NWR, please refer to the PDF below.

Conboy Lake NWR Hunting Regulations

To see the regulations and hunting opportunities on all the refuges in the Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, please visit:

Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex's Hunting Regulations