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Rules and Regulations

These special regulations help protect resources and visitors at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. They are your responsibility. For the complete list of regulations, see our regulations brochure.

Wildlife observation from vehicles encouraged. Vehicles are allowed on public roads and designated parking areas only. The refuge is open from one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset daily. An entrance fee is required. Anglers are welcome on DeSoto Lake. State and federal regulations apply. An Iowa or Nebraska license is required. Trespassing into closed areas is prohibited. Drones prohibited- launching, landing, or disturbing wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the Refuge is prohibited. 


Consult the regulations brochure for more details.  For more information on hunting rules and regulations, click here to view our hunting page

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2017
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