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Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

Please consult the refuge-specific brochures that are available at the kiosks or contact the refuge office for more information. Visitors are permitted on the refuge 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Loess Bluff NWR’s habitats are delicate ecosystems; entry into closed areas is trespassing. Help protect our wildlife heritage by observing all refuge signs and regulations.

Refuge roads may close anytime during flood events, hazardous conditions, or for maintenance purposes and will re-open as soon as possible. Check the refuge website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

  • Camping and overnight parking is not permitted on the refuge. Campsites are available nearby at Big Lake State Park, call 660/442-3770.
  • Launching, landing, or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) is prohibited on the refuge. 50 CFR 27.34/27.51
  • Fireworks and all other unlicensed or non-permitted weapons are prohibited. Firearms and all other weapons are not allowed in federal facilities. 
  • Pets must be kept on a leash. 
  • Introduction, collection, or destruction of plant and animal life is prohibited.
  • Disorderly conduct or disturbance of the peace is prohibited. No intoxicated person will enter or remain on the refuge.
  • Snowmobiles, ATVs, and other unlicensed vehicles are prohibited on the refuge.
  • Motorized or non-motorized power boats, rafts, and other watercraft are prohibited in refuge pools and managed units.
  • Pack out what you pack in! Please keep the area clean. Open fires are prohibited.
  • Mushroom hunting is allowed in designated areas in the spring. 
  • Fishing is permitted in pools and ditches adjacent to the auto tour in accordance with State of Missouri fishing regulations and may only be taken with hand-held pole and line or rod and reel. Snagging for rough or non-game fish is available as conditions permit.
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017
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