Rules and Regulations

Regulations sign on the refuge - USFWS.


Permitted Activities

  • Wildlife observation, nature photography, interpretation and nature study.
  • Hiking on designated trails.
  • Hunting in accordance with refuge-specific and state hunting regulations.
  • Fishing in accordance with refuge-specific and state fishing regulations.
  • Dog walking.
    • Leash is required and must no more than 6 feet in length.
    • Pet must be under control of the owner at all times.
    • Pets are not allowed in refuge ponds or waterways.
    • Dog waste must be collected and removed from the refuge.
  • On South Tract Only:
    • Fishing from small boats (only canoes, kayaks, inflatables and small car-top boats 14” and under) on Cash Lake only.
  • On North Tract Only
    • Trail biking
    • Horseback riding
    • Scout camping

Prohibited Activities

  • Swimming, tubing, rafting, sunbathing, picnicking, and littering.
  • Consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Entering or remaining on the refuge while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Traveling off roads, off trails and in closed areas unless authorized.
  • Feeding, capturing, trapping or releasing animals.
  • Collecting, removing, disturbing, injuring, or destroying plants, animals, or objects of antiquity or any other natural object alive or dead, with the exception of legally harvested game and fish or as otherwise allowed under a special use permit.
  • Soliciting, advertising, or conducting a commercial enterprise.
  • Using mechanical or electronic devices to lure or attract wildlife unless authorized by the refuge manager.
  • Unleashing pets and other domestic animals including horses.
  • Possessing a firearm or weapon except in accordance with State and Federal law.
  • Firearms are prohibited in all federal buildings unless specifically authorized.
  • Using ATVs on all areas of the refuge.
  • Operating unmanned aircraft including drones.

Visitor safety and wildlife conservation are top priorities at the refuge. At times, sections of the refuge may be closed on short notice due to wildlife needs, safety, weather, and special projects. The refuge manager reserves the right to close all or part of the refuge to public access at any time. The refuge is also subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.