Rules and Regulations

Piping plovers - USFWS.


  • The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset, except for individuals surf-fishing on Morris Island, which is permitted 24 hours a day. 
  • Dogs are are permitted only on Morris Island from September 16th through April 30th. Otherwise, pets are prohibited. 
  • Bonfires are NOT allowed on refuge property. 
  • There are no trash cans on Morris Island; we have a carry-in, carry-out policy.
  • Kayaks and canoes are not allowed to push off from the Morris Island visitor parking area.  
  • Stay on designated trails and avoid roped off or marked off areas.
  • The refuge parking lot is for use by visitors of the refuge only. The use of refuge parking to pick up or drop off from private vessels is prohibited.
  • Launching, landing, or operating an aircraft to include unmanned aircraft (drone) from or on lands and waters administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is prohibited, 50 CFR 27.34
  • Additional rules and regulations are in effect. Contact the Refuge Manager for details.