Rules and Regulations

Rules 1

The following regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and for the safety of visitors. Observance of these rules will help make the Refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy. The Refuge Manager reserves the right to close all or part of the Refuge to hunting and/or public access at any time. Specific regulations will be posted. The Refuge is also subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

Visiting Hours

The Refuge is open daily to public use. The Visitor Center and headquarters office is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday except during Federal holidays.

Access and Parking

Motorized vehicles are permitted only on developed roads and parking areas. Driving off-road or on roads closed by signs or barriers is prohibited. Parking in front of gates, on bridges, or on water control structures is also prohibited.


Hunting is permitted on Refuge lands, the area south of the river is open year around and there is parts north of the river open from March 1st to October 31st. Please consult the hunting brochure to check to see what areas are open for hunting. The hunting program is managed in accordance with Federal and State regulations. Hunting for waterfowl, deer, upland game birds, and other species is permitted on the Refuge. Special Refuge regulations also apply, as listed in the hunting brochure. An accessible waterfowl hunting blind is available, but a permit is needed and can be obtained from the Refuge Manager.



Fishing is allowed on the Refuge. The fishing program is managed in accordance with Federal and State regulations. Special Refuge regulations, listed in the Flint Hills NWR hunting and fishing regulation leaflet below, also apply. There are two boats ramps located on the refuge. Please click on the the maps link for additional information. For good areas to fish, look for the fishing symbol.




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 Par 32).  Discharge of a firearm for any reason other than the legal taking of game animals is prohibited.



Other Prohibited Activities


To minimize disturbance to wildlife and to comply with Federal laws, policies, and regulations, these activities are also prohibited on the Refuge:
  • Camping
  • Fires
  • Removing deer antler sheds
  • Fireworks
  • Littering
  • Intoxication
  • Commercial use (including guiding)