Plan Your Visit

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Whether you're planning your first trip to the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge or coming back for your annual outing-- we have helpful travel tips and useful information about activities, attractions and current conditions on the Refuge.

The remoteness, open space, and rugged character of Sheldon Refuge and surrounding areas are some of the very qualities which make visiting so attractive-- but they also present challenges for planning and travel. Emergency services, roadside assistance, cell phone coverage, and other services are not readily available. Before venturing off primary maintained roads through the Refuge you should be well informed and well equipped for backcountry travel. 
Sheldon Refuge is open year-round for wildlife observation, photography, and fishing and during designated seasons for hunting. There are no entrance fees for visiting the refuge, but there are camping and driving restrictions. A variety of activities such as overnight camping, motorized travel, and horseback riding are allowed, but all recreation activities here are regulated to ensure wildlife is protected. Allowing recreation within the refuge depends upon your ability to know and follow refuge rules and regulations.
For driving directions, please visit our "Driving Directions" page.
Contact us at the Refuge Headquarters or Complex Office if you have questions about recreation activities.