Rules and Regulations


There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities at Havasu National Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

  • Pets must be on a leash or under control. Maximum leash length is six feet. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their animals.
  • Pits, permanent blinds or stands, trail or scouting cameras, and baiting are prohibited.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on the refuge.
  • Use caution when walking on roads. Yield to approaching vehicles.
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Young animals should be left alone.
  • Help protect resources. All plants, animals, rocks, fossils, objects of antiquity, archeological resources, and minerals on the refuge are protected. It is illegal to remove them.
  • Camping on the refuge is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited.
  • Hunting in designated areas only.
  • Fireworks are strictly prohibited on the refuge.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations.

Topock Marsh Seasonal Closure
A portion of Topock Marsh is closed to all entry from October 1st through the end of the state waterfowl season (including the youth hunt). Closed area signs and/or buoys mark the boundaries.

Mobile Conveyances
Remember, the refuge’s plant life is fragile. All mobile conveyances, including motorized vehicles (gas or electric), motorcycles, and bicycles, must stay on developed roads and in designated parking areas. The Havasu Wilderness Areas is open to foot traffic only. All mechanical transports, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorbikes, bicycles, horses, or other pack animals are prohibited in the wilderness area.

Camping & Fires
Camping (land or water) and open wood fires are prohibited on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Several campgrounds, RV parks and hotels are located near the refuge in Needles, California, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada. Enclosed charcoal or propane fires are permitted; however, all ash shall be carried out of the refuge and disposed of properly.