Rules and Regulations




The following regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and for the safety of visitors. Observance of these rules will help make the refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy. The Refuge Manager reserves the right to close all or part of the refuge to hunting and/or public access at any time. Specific regulations will be posted. The refuge is also subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. Please refer to the Visitor Guide.

Visiting Hours

Open daily during daylight hours. The headquarters office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays. The office is closed during Federal holidays.

General Regulations 

  • Vehicles are permitted only on designated roads parking areas and on the ice for ice fishing. Vehicle access to the ice is limited to the ice accessible from a right-of-way or designated road. Motorized vehicles must be licensed in accordance with State laws and regulations. 
  • Motorized boats are allowed foe wildlife-dependent activities. Boats that must be launched from a trailer are limited to those waters that are accessible from right-away or a designated road. 
  • Collection of mature wild fruits, berried, above ground portion of asparagus and mushrooms for personal daily non-commercial use is allowed. 
  • Commercial activities are not allowed unless authorized by special use permit issued by the Wetland Management District Manager 
  • All of the Refuge is open to hiking, unless otherwise posted as "Closed to Public Entry". 
  • Bicycling is restricted to established roads. Bicycles are prohibited on all other areas of the Refuge. 
  • No picnic facilities exist  


Prohibited Activities 

The following activities are prohibited on Waterfowl Production Areas and associated parking areas:  

  • Overnight camping 
  • Fires 
  • Littering, including leaving spent shotgun shells or the remains of hunted animal. 
  • Removing or distributing property, including artifacts 
  • Removing natural objects or destroying plants, excluding the gathering of dead plant materials for on-site blind construction 
  • Riding or using horses for any purpose 


Fishing Regulations 

  • Unless otherwise noted, fishing is allowed in accordance with State regulations 
  • Fish houses Fish houses may be used for ice fishing in accordance with Sate regulations. Fish houses may not be left unattended on uplands or in parking areas. 
  • Equipment removal Boats, motor vehicles, fishing equipment, and other personal property (excluding fish houses) must be removed at the end of each day. 


Hunting Regulations 

  • Unless otherwise noted, fishing is allowed in accordance with State regulations 
  • Firearms 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 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). 
  • Ammunition When hunting with a shotgun, hunters must use and possess inly approved non-toxic shot. Lead bullets in riffles and muzzle loaders are allowed in accordance with State Regulations. 
  • Tree Stands Portable tree stands and free standing elevated platforms may be used in accordance with state regulations. The use of nails, wire, screws, or bolts to attach a a stand or steps to a tree is prohibited. 
  • Equipment removal with the exception of tree stands all personal property including, but not limited to boats, decoys, trail cameras, portable blinds, and any materials brought into the area for blind construction, must be removed at the end of each day. Blinds constructed of dead and downed materials gathered on site may be left throughout the hunting season.  
  • Dogs the use of dogs is encouraged for hunting. Dogs are allowed for other activities only is the dog is confined to a vehicle boat, fish house, or is on a leash controlled by the handler. Dog training is prohibited. 
  • Baiting the distribution of bait and hunting bait is prohibited.  
  • Alcohol using or possessing alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. 


Trapping Regulations  

  • Unless otherwise noted, trapping is allowed in accordance with State regulations