Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

• Public use of refuge lands, facilities, and parking lots is permitted during daylight hours only.  
• Hiking and cross-country skiing are permitted on designated trails. 
• Dogs and other pets must be on a leash at all times. 
• Bicycling is permitted only on refuge service roads. Hiking trails are for foot travel only.
• Commercial still photography is allowed and does not require a Special Use Permit. See below for details.
• Fishing is not permitted along the banks of the Platte River or Rice Lake.
• Many access sites to the river and lake are available in the local area.
• Camping, overnight parking, and open fires are not permitted. 
• Horses, dog sleds, skijoring, electric bikes, snowmobiles, and all other off-road utility vehicles (ORUV) are not permitted.
• Dog training and target shooting are not permitted.
• All collection or removal of items, including antler sheds and wildflowers, from the refuge is prohibited.
• Drones prohibited; launching, landing, or disturbing wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the refuge is prohibited.
• Special hunts are available for persons with disabilities. See the refuge hunting map and regulations sheet, or contact Sherburne Refuge Headquarters at 763-389-3323 for detailed information. 

 


Commercial Still Photography and Commercial Filming 

Commercial still photography is allowed and does not require a Special Use Permit. Refuge Regulations must be followed while conducting commercial still photography. Additionally, sets and props, promotion, and blocking public spaces are not permitted while conducting commercial still photography. Sets and props include, but are not limited to, backdrops, lighting banks, horses, camping equipment, campfires, couches, and so forth, when used to stage a specific scene. The use of a camera on a tripod, without the use of any other equipment, is not considered a prop. Images captured at the refuge cannot be used to promote or sell a product or service. Photos taken on the refuge, including wedding and senior photos, cannot be used on business cards, brochures, websites, social media, or displays.

All commercial filming requires a Special Use Permit. Reference the Permits page for more information.