Rules and Regulations

 The 'blue goose' is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and can be found on all boundary signs. Special regulations apply on these lands....where wildlife comes first. Please consult the refuge staff prior to your visit.


There are a variety of fun and educational activities that people can participate in while visiting Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife-dependent activities include wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, and ice fishing (special regulations apply).

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

• The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.
• Vehicles must stay on designated roads, ice access points, or on the ice.
• Plants, animals, artifacts and other natural materials are protected and may not be disturbed.
• Pets must be leashed or contained in a vehicle or fish house.
• Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local laws. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 59 CFR Part 32).
• All litter must be packed out or disposed of in receptacles in Lake Ilo Park.

Prohibited Activities 

• Hunting
• Horseback riding
• Camping
• Fires, except for fires in grills in Lake Ilo Park
• Recreational water sports, including, but not limited to swimming, jet skiing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, waterskiing, knee boarding, and stand-up paddling.
• Devices capable of shooting or directing a projectile or liquid at another person or wildlife.