Rules and Regulations

Lake Mary, fishing pier and gazebo surrounded by cottonwood trees in autumn colors

 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, weather, or 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. To help make your visit safe and enjoyable, please call or monitor the website for current hours of operation before visiting.

Please remember:

Obey posted speed limits – wildlife is sometimes near or on roads.

Protect habitat by parking in designated areas only or, if necessary, pull off onto the shoulder of the road.

Pack it in and pack it out! Take your litter off the Refuge and dispose of it properly.

Stay on designated trails.

Keep a safe distance from wildlife, and do not feed them.

Leave only footprints; take only photographs.

Only assistance animals are allowed on the Refuge.


The following is a partial list of activities or uses that are prohibited:

Running or jogging

Bicycling (bicycling permitted only from the Refuge entrance to the Visitor Center)

Pets (with exception of assistance animals)


Discharging a firearm


Possession and use of alcohol and controlled substances

Collection and removal of any natural or cultural resource

It is always best to check-in at the Visitor Center prior to beginning any activity. Observance of these rules and regulations will help make the Refuge a better place for visitors and wildlife!