Popular Public Activities on the Refuge

Bald eagle

Public activities available at Fish Springs NWR include wildlife observation, wildlife photography, waterfowl hunting, environmental education and interpretation.


An 11-mile self-guided Auto Tour Route at Fish Springs NWR provides year round access to popular public use activities, such as wildlife observation and photography.  Also provided on the Auto Tour Route are a number of viewing panels providing interpretation for the visitor on the common types of wildlife, their habitats, and Refuge management activities that support them. Waterfowl hunting, another popular public activity, is allowed within designated areas of the Refuge during the state-regulated waterfowl hunting season. Guided tours providing interpretation or environmental education can usually be arranged for organized groups if Refuge staff are contacted well in advance.

Public access and the Auto Tour Route are open year round from daylight to dark. The Refuge office is open 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, and is closed on Federal holidays.