Rules and Regulations

Rules 1

The following regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and habitat, and for the safety of visitors. 

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 and Fishing

National wildlife refuges across the country offer a variety of hunting and fishing opportunities. Please review our current Hunting and Fishing Brochure for refuge specific information and regulations


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, the following activities are also prohibited on the Refuge:

Removing deer antler sheds
Commercial use (including guiding)