Rules and Regulations

Rules & Regulations

While McKay Creek NWR is less restrictive than many national wildlife refuges, there are still rules to follow to protect wildlife and visitors.

General Regulations

Refuge hours are from sunrise to sunset, except for hunting—hunting access is 1-1/2 hours before legal hunting hours to 1-1/2 hours after legal hunting hours (see below).

The refuge is closed to all public entry during the winter season—the end of the state waterfowl season (usually the end of January) through the last day of February.

The use of unmanned aircraft or drones on the refuge is prohibited.

Camping and fires are prohibited year-round.

Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals.

Horseback riding and bicycling are permitted on designated public access roads during the spring and summer season (March 1 through September 30).

Fishing and boating are allowed as per state and U.S. Coast Guard regulations March 1 through September 30.

Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.

Other prohibitions on the refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.

McKay Creek NWR Hunting Regulations

The refuge is open to hunting geese, ducks, coot, snipe and all upland gamebirds.

Waterfowl and upland bird hunting are permitted in accordance with state and federal regulations. Access for hunting is from two parking lots off the Shaw Road on the east side of the refuge. The south end of the refuge is open to hunting; most of the refuge is closed to all access. 

No trapping of any kind is allowed on McKay Creek NWR.

For the current regulations related to hunting on McKay Creek NWR, please refer to the PDF below.

McKay Creek NWR Hunting Regulations

To see the regulations and hunting opportunities on all the refuges in the Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, please visit:

Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex's Hunting Regulations