Lake Impoundments

Annual Public Use Permits are required for visitors who participate in hunting or fishing activities. Permits costs $20.00 each and are valid August 1st through July 31st of each year.  All hunters and fishermen are encouraged to purchase their permits on-line at

No cash payments are accepted at the refuge office.  Major credit cards, debit cards, and money orders are accepted when purchasing a permit in person at the refuge.  All money orders must be made payable to USFWSPO Box 217, Sibley, MS 39165 .

Special Use Permits (SUP)

Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities and ensures that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to go forward. 

At St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, Special Use Permits (SUP) are required in order to conduct many activities, including but not limited to the following: 

  • Filming/videotaping (any non-amateur work)
  • Wildlife or general photography (for publications or retail)
  • Seining or any collecting of plants, animals, soil, or water (includes collecting for off-refuge or on-refuge use)
  • Any after-hours use
  • Any activities in areas not open to the visiting public
  • All research
  • Crossing refuge property to access private property  

If you are interested in conducting one of the above activities on the refuge, we encourage you to contact refuge management at least one month in advance to begin the permit process. If you are found conducting a restricted activity without a SUP, you could be subject to legal action. Click here for specific instructions and to download forms for SUPs. 

Thank you for helping us protect America's wildlife and wild lands.