Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations

 The Refuge is open to public use during daylight hours only. Refuge hunting and fishing regulations generally follow state seasons and regulations.

To help meet the primary refuge purpose of providing valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, the Louisa and Keithsburg Divisions are closed from September 15 until January 1. The Horseshoe Bend Division is closed from September 15 until December 1.

Off road vehicle use is prohibited. Bicycling and hiking are allowed on refuge roads unless otherwise posted. Berry and mushroom gathering are permitted for personal consumption only. These items shall not be used for any commercial use. Pets must be on a leash except when used for the purpose of hunting where hunting is allowed. The discharge of weapons is prohibited, unless engaged in authorized hunting. Camping, trapping*, and the taking of turtles or frogs are prohibited on the refuge.

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge.  Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.  There are plenty of activities on Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun! 

* Trapping is allowed only in the Iowa River Corridor according to state regulations. At Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge only nuisance beaver trapping is allowed by special use permit.