Rules and Regulations


Keep it wild!

There are a lot 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 refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.  There are plenty of activities on Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun! 

To protect habitat and keep Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildife Refuge a safe place for wildlife and people, please follow these simple rules:

  • Keep wild things wild--all plants and animals are protected and should not be disturbed or collected.
  • Drive only on designated roads.
  • Camping is not allowed on the refuge.
  • Leave only your footprints; take all litter with you.
  • Cats and dogs pose a real threat to wildlife so please keep all pets on a leash at all times. Better yet, leave your pets at home.
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the refuge.
  • The refuge is open from official sunrise to official sunset.
  • Do not feed wildlife.
  • Park in designated parking areas only.
  • Walk only on designated roads and trails.