Permits

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No permits or fees are required of most visitors—only those planning to use or alter specific resources at the refuge, e.g., hunters, researchers, and the like. 

  • Hunting

    Ducks and coots can be hunted at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on 108 acres of Brooten Marsh and 33 acres of tidal marsh at the mouth of Little Nestucca River. The Service will allow hunting on these refuge lands seven days per week in accordance with state and federal regulations. Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. Goose hunting will remain closed on all lands within Nestucca Bay Refuge to provide sanctuary for wintering Canada geese. 

    Brooten Marsh is a salt marsh located where the Nestucca River joins the Little Nestucca River. Hunters can access the area either by boat or walking in from a pull-out along Brooten Road near the southeast corner of the marsh. Access to the mouth of the Little Nestucca River is only possible by boat. Download a copy of the Nestucca Bay Refuge Hunting Map (PDF 1.8 MB)

    State hunting license requirements apply for all waterfowl hunting on the Refuge. Download the 2018-19 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information or call (541) 867-4550.  

  • Permits

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward. 

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Passes

    Annual Pass 

    • Valid for one full year from month of purchase (through last day of that month).
    • Allows pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter Federally operated recreation sites across the country.
    • Covers the pass owner and three (3) accompanying adults age 16 and older at sites where per person entrance fees are charged. No entry fee charged for children 15 and under.
    • Photo identification will be required to verify ownership.
    • Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
    • All active US military and their dependents qualify for a FREE Annual Pass. 

      Special passes: 4th Grade Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Volunteer Pass.

    Please contact refuges directly for specific fee information; only certain refuges charge entrance fees.

    The passes are available at any U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service or Forest Service site that charges an entrance fee or standard amenity fee.