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Rules and Regulations

Male and Female Mallard2



  • Even the best behaving pet can unintentionally scare or harm our wildlife. Please keep your pet leashed at all times and remember to clean up after them.
  • Please help keep your refuge clean - pack out all garbage and food waste.
  • The lakes and marshes are home to rare and endangered aquatic and bird species. Please keep them and their home safe - no swimming or wading.
  • Domesticated animals can carry diseases fatal to their wild relatives. They are often ill-adapted to survive on their own and may eat some of the native species. If you have a cat, goldfish, or any other pet you can no longer take care of, please find a new home for it away from the refuge – no animal dumping.
  • Horseback riding is not allowed on the refuge. Please help prevent the spread of invasive plants by riding your horse in areas outside of the refuge.
  • Only street legal vehicles are allowed in the refuge – no all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Please protect wildlife habitat - stay on designated public access roads.
  • Drones are prohibited on the refuge. Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) is prohibited.  50 CFR 27.34/27.61
  • Cooking fires are allowed in campsite grills. Check for any fire restrictions that may be in place before making a fire. Please bring all of your own firewood – the downed wood provides habitat for wildlife and returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Firearms and weapons may only be discharged during legal hunting activities. Transportation and possession of firearms must be in accordance with federal and Nevada state laws.  For more information please see Pahranagat NWR' Hunting, Boating, & Fishing Regulations.
  • Explosives and fireworks are not permitted.
  • Enjoy the petroglyphs, pictographs, fossils, and archaeological sites, but take only pictures.Don’t remove any artifacts - it not only prevents future visitors from being able to enjoy them, but is also a violation of federal law.


Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016
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