Hunters may enter the Refuge one hour before legal shooting hours and remain on the Refuge until one hour after legal shooting hours.
Although use of permanent blinds is prohibited, portable blinds are allowed if they are removed at the end of each day. Temporary blinds may be constructed from natural vegetation less than 3 inches in diameter and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lake Lowell Unit
Ducks and coots may be hunted in both the South Side and East Side Recreation Areas of the Lake Lowell Unit. The Lake Lowell Unit is closed to goose hunting. Duck and coot hunting is limited to 200 yards from the shoreline within hunting areas. Hunting in the East Side Recreation Area is walk-in only; no float tubes or boats are allowed. Duck and coot hunters in the South Side Recreation Area may use float
tubes, non-motorized boats, and boats with electric motors only. The use or possession of
gas-powered motors is prohibited.
When hunting ducks and coots, only federally approved non-toxic shot may be used or possessed. Duck and coot hunters are limited to the use or possession of 25 shells per day per hunter.
The success of duck and coot hunters at Lake Lowell depends on a variety of factors. The best advice is to call ahead to check on current conditions. In southwest Idaho, duck numbers usually peak in mid-December, just before freeze-up. Peak numbers depend on overall duck numbers in the Pacific Flyway. Duck numbers also fluctuate with the lake level, which varies from year to year depending on irrigation storage demands. Ideal hunting conditions occur when water floods some of the lakeside vegetation, but does not flood the trees. In recent years, the water has been so low that several hundred yards of bare mud flat was present between vegetation and the water's edge.
Snake River Islands Unit
The Snake River Island Unit is open to hunting waterfowl and coots from September 1 to January 31 in accordance with state regulations. Where the Snake River is the boundary between Idaho and Oregon, hunters from either state may hunt the islands according to the regulations of the State for which they are licensed.