Rules and Regulations

Swan River NWR

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on Swan River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably Refuge rules governing this activity.

Some of the rules for Swan River NWR are as follows:

  • Visitors are allowed to observe or photograph wildlife, hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe on Bog Road Trail year-round and in the hunt area during waterfowl hunting season.
  • Motorized vehicle use is restricted to Forest Service Road 9714.
  • Bog Road is closed west of the parking area to all motorized vehicles.
  • Bicycles are permitted on Bog Road Trail and on roads open to motorized vehicles.
  • Horseback riding is not permitted.
  • Pets must be on a leash and attended at all times, except dogs are permitted off-leash in the hunt area during waterfowl hunting season.
  • Open fires are prohibited and overnight camping is not allowed.
  • Portions of the Refuge are open to waterfowl hunting following Montana State Regulations and refuge specific regulations found in our Public Use Brochure.
  • Temporary portable blinds or blinds constructed of natural dead or down vegetation may be used.
  • All blinds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of who built the blind.
  • Blinds may not be built on the Refuge prior to the opening day of waterfowl hunting season.
  • All boats, decoys, portable blinds, other personal property, and any materials brought onto the Refuge for blind construction must be removed at the end of each day.
  • Discharge of a firearm for any reason other than the legal take of waterfowl is prohibited.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).
  • Fishing is allowed per Montana State regulations and refuge specific regulations found in our Public Use Brochure.
  • Boating is allowed through the Refuge on Swan River; this section of the river is classified as a “No-Wake Zone.”
  • Collecting, injuring, disturbing, destroying, or harming animals, animal parts (including antlers) or plants is not permitted.