Rules and Regulations

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge.  

If an activity is not wildlife-related and does not 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 Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Be safe and have fun!


Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking or camping is allowed.


Foot travel is permitted on the Refuge. Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public.


Bicycling is allowed only on designated public access routes. It is not allowed on trails or roads closed to public vehicles or horses.


Horseback riding is allowed on signed refuge public access routes that are open to motor vehicles.


Dogs must be controlled and on a leash.

Off-Road Vehicles

The use of motorcycles, jeeps, snowmobiles, and other motorized traffic is prohibited in order to protect wildlife habitat.


Collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers, and artifacts are prohibited.


Fishing is allowed as per state regulations on the South and Center Units of Lake Andes. 


Hunting in accordance with all state and federal regulations is permitted on the Center Unit of Lake Andes only. No hunting or fishing is allowed on the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge or the North Unit of Lake Andes. 


Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law.  Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR Part 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).