Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulation Sign



  • Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge is open during daylight hours only. 
  • Access to the island is by boat.
  • Fishing is permitted in Lake Huron and is regulated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 
  • White-tailed deer and black bear hunting is permitted according to state and federal regulations. Federal regulations include the prohibition of bait to hunt black bear and white-tailed deer on refuge lands. Refuge specific regulations state that the use of dogs to hunt black bear is prohibited.
  • Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife observation, photography, mushroom hunting, and fruit picking are welcomed. 
  • Remember to pack out all garbage. 
  • Fires, camping, and off road vehicles are not permitted on the island.