Visitor Activities


  • Hunting


    A mobility-impaired gun deer hunt allows great hunting opportunities for some hunters.

    Many hunting opportunities are available from September through the end of January and during the spring turkey season.  Hunts include squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, waterfowl, and deer during the fall and turkey during the spring.  Special quota hunts are available for the gun deer and gun turkey hunts.  Youth hunts are also available for the gun deer & turkey hunts.  

  • Trapping

    Trapping Raccoon

    Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

  • Fishing


    Pond Creek hosts a youth fishing derby annually to encourage fishing opportunities for those fishermen less than 16 years of age.  Fishing is allowed year-round on the refuge.  Several oxbow lakes are located throughout the pond creek that winds over 40 miles through the refuge.  The Cossatot and Little River are also located through parts of the refuge and provide excellent fishing opportunities for bass, bream, crappie, and catfish.   

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Forest Breeding Birds

    Alligators are rarely seen on the land like this one, but are fairly common in the lakes and sloughs.  Many different types of wildlife can be seen on the refuge depending on the time of year and sometimes the time of day.  Wildlife can be observed by vehicle from 40 miles of gravel roads, by ATV seasonally on 33 miles of ATV trails, or by foot on more than 3.5 miles of hiking trails.  Wildlife can also be seen from the observation tower located at Bell Lake. 

  • Interpretation

    Visitor Activities Education

    Two information kiosks are located off Nobles Mound Road, near Central Road and Tram Road and provide information about the refuge on panels and in pamphlets.  Two interpretative hiking trails are located on the refuge.  The Bridge Creek hiking trails provides a .25 mile north trail and a .82 mile south trail.  The Little River/Red Lake hiking trails provides a .65 mile, a .27 mile, a .90 mile, and a .64 mile from Red Lake to the Gillahan Road then back to the Gillahan Shoals Road.     

  • Environmental Education

    The Visitor Center provides additional information about the refuge and the habitat surrounding it.  Two information kiosks are located off Nobles Mound road near Central road and Tram road.  Refuge staff shares information about the refuge to various school classes and civic clubs as requested. 

  • Photography

    Spider Lily

    Many species of wildlife and habitat can be photographed throughout the refuge.  Even a rattler is beautiful from a distance.  Neotropical migrant songbirds began arriving during the spring.  Butterflies and flowers are observed along the roadside and ATV trails during the spring, summer and fall.  Waterfowl begin arriving in the late fall and can be seen through January in larger numbers.