Rules and Regulations

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Directions to the Refuge
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located just south of Lincoln City along US Highway 101. Look for the refuge sign and turn east onto Millport Slough Lane into the refuge parking lot. GPS Coordinates are are 44°53’42.87”N 124°00’34.14”W. 

The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.  Turn east off of U.S. Highway 101 onto Millport Slough Lane and park in the refuge lot to access the Alder Island Nature Trail.  This is a fee-free area.

Sport hunting and fishing are permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. 

Landing watercraft (kayaks, canoes and the like) on tidal flats is not permitted. 

Pets are not allowed on the refuge.

Hunting

Two portions of Siletz Bay NWR are open to waterfowl hunting in season. The first portion lies west of Highway 101, consisting of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. During waterfowl season this portion of the refuge is open seven days a week to hunting. A 100-yard safety zone is in effect, prohibiting hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys. Additionally, hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 112 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough is allowed. Go to our Permits page for more on hunting at Siletz Bay NWR.

Bird-call Playback Devices

Playing recorded bird-calls with intent to attract birds is an issue of growing concern within the Refuge System, as the use of technology for birding and wildlife photography continues to increase and evolve. To avoid potential disturbance to wildlife and other visitors, the use of such devices is discouraged at this refuge.

Use of Drones Illegal on Refuges

Areas considered ecologically sensitive—including lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, host to threatened or even endangered species—can be disproportionately affected by drone flights. Thus it is illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge lands. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife, e.g. flushing nesting birds from an offshore island or causing resting pinnipeds to flee for the water.

​For more information on drone use over refuges, consult the Service's UAS Resource Guide.

Get a detailed guide to responsible drone use here.