Rules and Regulations

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Visitors are responsible for knowing all refuge regulations. If you are unsure, please inquire at headquarters.


  • Hours - Visitors are permitted only in the designated areas during daylight hours, unless otherwise posted.
  • Trails are open to foot travel only.
  • Pets are not allowed on trails or boardwalks . Pets are only allowed on a leash not exceeding 10 feet and  to walk along Pleasant Plains Road and in parking areas.
  • Vehicles should be parked only in designated areas.
  • Collecting, disturbing, or destroying plants, animals, or parts thereof, is prohibited unless specifically authorized under a special use permit.
  • Camping and fishing are not permitted on the refuge.
  • Drones - Launching, landing, or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the Refuge is prohibited.
  • Groups -Groups of 10 or more must contact the refuge prior to visiting so the refuge can determine if the group will require a Special Use Permit.
  •  Organizations -organizations or individuals that charge a fee for programs on the refuge, regardless of the number of participants, must contact the refuge in advance to obtain a Special Use Permit.