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 does not help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity.  Please obey the following regulations which are designed to protect both wildlife and visitors.  Below are regulations that visitors have the most questions about.  If you are unsure about an activity, please call the refuge at 510-792-0222.

Bicycles are permitted on all refuge trails except the LaRiviere Marsh Trail in Fremont.  Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails.

Dogs are only permitted on the Tidelands Trail, Marshlands Rd, and the Quarry Trail in Fremont.  Dogs must be kept on 6-foot leashes.  All dog waste must be collected and placed in the trash cans.

Fishing is allowed by boat in the bay and sloughs, off the Dumbarton Pier at the end of Marshlands Road, in Coyote Creek Lagoon, and at the Faber-Laumeister Unit in East Palo Alto.  Fishing is subject to the State of California Ocean Fishing regulations.

Boating is permitted on the Bay and its tributaries, but not in salt evaporation ponds.  Seasonal closures to protect wildlife are posted.  Canoes and kayaks are recommended since motor noise scares away wildlife.  Jet skis are prohibited.

Drones and other Remote-controlled Aircraft
Drones and other similar types of aircraft are prohibited on refuge lands to reduce the disturbance to wildlife.

No fires, swimming, camping, barbecues, discharging of firearms unless hunting season, skateboarding, kite-flying or balloons.  Firearms are prohibited in all federal offices.  Off-trail use and collecting natural objects such as plants, animals and minerals are also prohibited.  Seasonal closures of trails, roads and waterways are posted and must be followed.

Thanks for helping keep Wildlife First! by following refuge regulations.  Please check with refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities on Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!