Rules and Regulations


Visitor Use Opportunities - Rules and Regulations

Both hunting and fishing are permitted, subject to state, federal, and refuge regulations. Hunting opportunities exist for white-tailed deer and small game. Sport fishing is available year-round except that Cantey Bay, Black Bottom, and Savannah Branch and waters within all land units are closed from November 1 until March 1. 

Fishing and Hunting Regulations Brochures are updated annually and are available at the refuge office. For the protection of all refuge visitors, when refuge units are open for public hunting, they are closed to general public access.


Wildlife observation, photography, and hiking/walking trails are available on all four units and visitors are allowed to use bicycles on designated routes within the Cuddo and Pine Island Units. A 7-1/2 mile auto tour route provides access to good wildlife observation areas on the Cuddo Unit. An automatic gate on the wildlife drive controls hours of access.  Additional access limits are in effect during managed hunts and winter months to minimize disturbance to wildlife during critical periods.


Prohibited Activities

■ Collection, searching for, or taking of any items including items of antiquity.  The use of metal detecting devices is not allowed.

■ The use or possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs

■ Camping

■ Pets on hiking trails

■ Open fires

■ ATV’s, dirt bikes

■ Swimming or wading

■ Entering closed areas