Permits

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A special use permit is not required for the general public to visit a national wildlife refuge to engage in wildlife-dependent recreational activities such as wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, interpretation, hiking, and camping. Visitors must comply with all pertinent refuge regulations, State and Federal laws, and State hunting and fishing regulations.

  • Permits

    special use permit is not required for the general public to visit a national wildlife refuge to engage in wildlife-dependent recreational activities such as wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, interpretation, hiking, and camping. Visitors must comply with all pertinent refuge regulations, State and Federal laws, and State hunting and fishing regulations. 

    Special use permits are required for, but not limited to, the following types of activities: 

    Commercial Operations:
                -  Guiding and outfitting (hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, river trips, etc.)
                -  Big game transporting
                -  Air and water taxi
                -  Sand and gravel removal
                -  Commercial filming and videographers

    Scientific Research and Monitoring:
                -  Biological research
                -  Archeological research
                -  Geological research
                -  Research and Monitoring Installations (i.e., weather, climate, seismic, etc.)

     Use and Occupancy of Refuge Lands:

                -  Commercial guide cabins
                -  Subsistence cabins
                -  Trapping cabins
                -  Tent platforms and long term tent camps
                -  Commercial fishing cabins and other support facilities

    Transportation and utility systems, and other long-term installations, require a right-of-way permit from the regional Division of Realty

    Special use permits are obtained by submitting a Permit Application  to the appropriate refuge. Please contact the appropriate Refuge Map office before completing the permit application.