Rules and Regulations

The J. Clark Salyer NWR kiosk outside the Refuge office near Upham, ND

Please stop by the office headquarters to pick up informational brochures and ask any questions you may have about visiting our refuge.


Refuge Hours: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm daily 

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday (except federal holidays)  

There are lots 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 on J. Clark Salyer NWR for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun!  

For the protection of wildlife, habitat, and other visitors, please observe the following regulations:

  • Vehicles and bicycles must stay on public designated roads and must not drive around or block gates.
  • Plants, animals, artifacts, and other natural materials are protected and may not be disturbed.
  • Dogs must be leashed (with the exception of when hunting).

The following activities are prohibited on the Refuge:

  • Horseback riding
  • Camping
  • Fires
  • Recreational water sports, with the exception of canoeing or kayaking on designated trails.
  • Use of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and all other off-road vehicles.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems, including drones
  • Trail or game cameras
  • Possessing alcohol on the Refuge is prohibited. 
  • For safety reasons, please stay off all water control structures.
  • Littering.  Pack out your trash (including shotgun shell casings) so that the area will remain clean, natural, and enjoyable.