Rules and Regulations

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Creedman Coulee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is an extraordinary place for wildlife and people. Because it is a wildlife refuge, the needs of wildlife and habitat must come first. Regulations have been established to provide wildlife and their habitats with adequate protection.


Creedman Coulee NWR is open for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, migratory bird hunting, upland game bird hunting, big game hunting, and fox and coyote hunting on the 80 acres that are open to the public, but are landlocked by the remaining 2,960 acres under private land easement. Persons wishing to access these private lands or the public lands must gain permission from the private landowner. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

The Refuge is open dusk to dawn. Camping is not allowed. Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Bicycling and horseback riding are not allowed. While non-motorized boating is permitted during the fall waterfowl hunting season only, there is no boatable water on the public land portion of Creedman Coulee NWR. Fishing is not allowed.

Sport hunting is permitted on the Refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Montana state hunting regulations. Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).

Dogs must be kept on a leash from 15 April to 15 August. Other prohibitions on the Refuge are off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.

Creedman Coulee is 33 miles north of Havre, Montana via Highway 232. Be prepared with fuel, water, and food, which can all be obtained in Havre. For driving directions, please visit our "Contact Us" page.

For questions about recreation, please contact us at the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge Complex office.