Rules and Regulations

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


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.

Personal Property
Personal property, including boats and decoys, must be removed from the refuge at the end of each day.

Prohibited Activities
Open fires and fireworks are not allowed at any time. If you are responsible for starting a wildfire, you may be charged with fire-fighting costs and damages. Other restrictions may apply in Lake Walcott State Park. Collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, minerals, antlers, feathers and objects of antiquity (including Native American artifacts, such as arrowheads) is prohibited. It is unlawful to release any plant or animal on the refuge. Off road travel by vehicles, ATVs/UTVs and horses is prohibited and restricted to existing roads. Boating in areas closed to boating is prohibited, please consult refuge map or contact the refuge manager to identify areas closed to boating.