Rules and Regulations

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Refuge Rules and Regulations

There are many fun, interesting, and educational things to do on Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.  Keep in mind however, if an activity is not wildlife-related and does not help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitats, there are probably refuge rules limiting the activity.  Please check with Refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment, wildlife or yourself.  Call 775/423-5128 or stop by the office in Fallon before heading out. Some activities may be allowed but require a Special Use Permit (see separate section on Permits).

The sign pictured above is at all refuge entrance roads to inform visitors what is allowed or not within the Refuge boundary. Of the 'Big 6' wildlife dependent recreation activities authorized by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, five are permitted at Stillwater NWR (Wildlife Observation, Environmental Education, Interpretation, Photography and Hunting).  Although fishing is one of the national 'BIG 6' authorized activities, we do NOT allow fishing on Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  

Please take the time to read and educate yourself before you enter the refuge. We want you to have a safe and meaningful experience while visiting Stillwater refuge!

Check the Plan Your Visit page for more details on specific activities and when and where they are permitted.