Rules and Regulations


HBNWR Hunting Regulations (24 KB pdf) 

Photoblind Guidelines (58 KB pdf) 

Dunes Research Guidelines (93 KB pdf)

Permit Revoking Information (10 KB pdf)


While visiting Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please remember that


Please obey the following regulations which are designed to protect both wildlife and visitors. 

  • NO DOGS and other domestic pets


Retrieval dogs on designated days in designated areas during waterfowl hunting season

 Certified service animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities are permitted on all trails and facilities as long as they are under the direct control of their owner at all times and all feces is removed from the site. 

 The prohibition of pets is to reduce disturbance to wildlife and habitat and make your viewing experience better. The presence of dogs, even when leashed, can scare wildlife away from the trail. Fleeing due to disturbance burns much needed energy that animals need to live and raise their young.  


  •  NO BICYCLING OR JOGGING/RUNNING (except on paved entrance road)
  • NO Fires
  • NO Fireworks
  • NO Drones or Kite-flying 
  • NO Overnight Parking or Camping 
  • NO Horseback Riding
  • NO Motorized Vehicles on trails.
  • Please do not litter; carry out what you bring in.

To ensure a quality experience for our visitors and to minimize disturbance to wildlife, collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, feathers, antlers, and objects of antiquity (including Native American artifacts) is strictly prohibited.