Rules and Regulations

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The refuge is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. There are two parking lots on the Cannery Hill Unit, each with viewing decks and interpretive panels. On the Pacific View Trail you'll find an easy, accessible 15-minute walk on a paved surface with rest benches. The trail ends at an observation deck where you will be treated to a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Haystack Rock, Nestucca Bay, the Coast Range, and the Little Nestucca River.  

 
  • Keep to the trails—no off-trail use
  • Pets are prohibited on the refuge to protect wildlife and people
  • The Pacific View Trail is wheelchair-accessible
  • Enjoy viewing plants and animals where they live—no collecting
  • Firearms are prohibited
  • Bicycles are not allowed on the trail  

Hunting

Sport hunting and fishing are permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations.  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. Go to our Permits page for information on hunting at Nestucca Bay.

Bird-call Playback Devices

Playing recorded bird-calls with intent to attract birds is an issue of growing concern within the Refuge System, as the use of technology for birding and wildlife photography continues to increase and evolve. To avoid potential disturbance to wildlife and other visitors, the use of such devices is discouraged at this refuge.

Use of Drones Illegal on Refuges

Areas considered ecologically sensitive—including lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, host to threatened or even endangered species—can be disproportionately affected by drone flights. Thus it is illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge property. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife, e.g. flushing nesting birds from an offshore island or causing resting pinnipeds to flee for the water.

​For more information on drone use over refuges, consult the Service's UAS Resource Guide.

Get a detailed guide to responsible drone use here.