Rules and Regulations

Alligator appearing from the cattails

There are a lot 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 at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

  • Public entry is permitted on units open to the public from sunrise to sunset year-round 
  • Camping and open fires are prohibited. 
  • Seasonal waterfowl hunting opportunities are offered. Please check refuge website for details. 
  • To protect the fragile habitat, off-road travel and the use of all-terrain vehicles is not allowed. 
  • Disturbing or collecting any plant or animal is prohibited.  
  • Pets must be on a leash while on the refuge. 
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations. 
For your safety
  • Alligators are common and should be observed from a distance at all times. Do not feed alligators or any other wildlife. 
  • Remember, all wildlife is protected on the refuge. Watch your step and be on the look-out for venomous snakes, including the cottonmouth, rattlesnake, coral snake and copperhead.  
  • Be especially attentive of small children.