Rules and Regulations


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 rules governing the activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in any activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities on Lake Woodruff NWR for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!


Fires are prohibited at all times

Pets are not allowed on the refuge

Camping is not allowed

Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited

Public access, use, or recreational activities not specifically allowed are prohibited

Compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations including all official signs is required

Hiking, fishing, sightseeing, nature observation and photography are allowed during daylight hours only

Swimming, wading, and snorkeling are prohibited

Launching, landing, or disturbing wildlife by aircraft (including drones) on the refuge is prohibited (50 CFR 27.34/27.61).

The refuge is for wildlife. Searching for treasure or artifacts and gold panning are prohibited on the refuge. The only time you can remove anything from the refuge, except trash, is when fishing and hunting, as permitted by fishing and hunting regulations. 


For a complete copy of the refuge's regulations, stop by the Visitor Center.  For the current hunting regulations, please visit the hunting page and download the Refuge hunt brochure.

The Lake Woodruff NWR Deer Hunting Regulations Brochure 2020


Other regulations and policies applicable to all federal refuges include:

 Code of Federal Regulations: Title 50 - Wildlife and FisheriesParts 1-199 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  

 Federal Policy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manual