Rules and Regulations


National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first. Although people are welcome, activities are regulated and monitored to ensure that impacts are minimal to the plants  and animals that call the refuge "home." 

Below are just a few important rules and regulations for Lake Ophelia NWR. CLICK THIS LINK for the full list.

  • The refuge is open during daylight hours only, except during hunting season.
  • Areas within refuge boundaries may be closed to public entry and serve as sanctuary areas. Be aware of signs indicating closed areas. 
  • All hunters must obtain an complete a Daily Visitor Use Reporting Card upon entering the refuge (located at the two checks stations). Before leaving the refuge, users must complete  card and deposit it in a drop box at one of the check stations. 
  • Searching for or removing any object of archeological or historical significance, including arrowheads, pottery, etc., as well as any natural materials such as plants, mushrooms, berries, and antler sheds is prohibited.