Rules and Regulations

Great Meadows pond

Visitors should remember that the primary mission of the refuge is to protect and enhance habitat for wildlife such as migratory birds, native plants, pollinators, endangered and threatened species, etc. But certain low impact recreation is encouraged.

Visitors must remain on established trails, at viewing platforms and other areas open to the public. Going off trail into forest, marsh or other habitats is prohibited.

Please remember that the following are prohibited on the refuge:

  • dogs (other than service dogs), horses and other pets/animals
  • entering closed areas (generally any area off trail)
  • fishing
  • removing plants, animals, cultural artifacts or wood
  • camping and fires
  • flying kites, drones or similar objects
  • ATVs

Other regulations that help to protect habitat and keep our visitors safe are also in effect. 

Federal Officers are on duty. To report an issue on the refuge, call headquarters at 860-399-2513.