Rules and Regulations

There are many fun and interesting things to do and see during your visit to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, but it is our job to ensure the habitat that our wildlife calls "home" is protected. Below are a few guidelines to help keep both visitors and wildlife safe.

  • The refuge is open during daylight hours only; overnight use and/or camping (including campfires) are not permitted.
  • Some areas may be closed seasonally to protect wildlife from human disturbance. Such areas are posted "Area Beyond This Sign Closed."
  • Feeding, capturing, or harassing wildlife is strictly prohibited unless authorized by permit.
  • Launching, landing, or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the refuge is prohibited.
  • Dogs, cats, and other pets are not permitted on the refuge unless confined inside a vehicle.
  • Picking or cutting vegetation is prohibited.
  • All of the refuge's archaeological and natural resources are protected. Antique and artifact hunting/collecting is not allowed.
  • Automobiles may only be driven as far as the parking area.
  • No off-road or off-trail biking is permitted.
  • The refuge, unless otherwise posted, is open to hiking, biking, wildlife observation, interpretation, environmental education, and photography. It is also open, in certain areas and times of the year, to hunting and fishing; review refuge hunting and fishing regulations for details.
  • Freshwater fishing is prohibited.
  • Do not enter areas marked as "Closed".

Click here for hunting information and regulations

Click here to download refuge fishing regulations

Safety Reminders

  • For assistance with medical emergencies, please call 911.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when to expect your return.
  • Do not leave valuables in vehicle.
  • Drinking water and restrooms are not available on the refuge.
  • There are no shelters for visitor protection from the sun or inclement weather.
  • Overgrowth on trails may conceal snakes, poison ivy, or stinging insects.
  • Alligators may be encountered on the refuge; it is potentially dangerous (and a violation of state and federal law) to feed or harass this reptile in any way.
  • Hikers are urged to stay on the paths at all times.
  • Bicyclists should be cautious of loose gravel, potholes, and puddles.