Rules and Regulations

Hunting

To report a wildlife violation call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (844-697-8477)

Welcome to your national wildlife refuge. Discover new places to hunt, fish, take pictures, watch wildlife, walk, cross-country ski, snowshoe and canoe. Enjoy spending time outdoors alone or with friends and family. Please consult refuge staff at 218-874-2641 if you have questions. We may post additional site-specific regulations.

To ensure your safety and protect wildlife and habitat, please be aware of these regulations.


General Restrictions

Access to the refuge is open from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  

  We prohibit: 

  • Target shooting.
  • Training pets and allowing pets off leash.
  • All types of motorized vehicles on all refuge land (to include on frozen bodies of water) except on designated parking areas, access roads and public roads.
  • Watercraft use except in designated areas. See the hunting and fishing brochures.
  • Camping, open fires and overnight parking.
  • Abandoning, discarding or otherwise leaving any personal property. All property brought onto a refuge must be removed at the end of each day. This includes all common items like vehicles, boats, decoys, trail cameras, blinds, geo-caching items, photography equipment, portable stands, climbing sticks, ice fishing shelters and trash.
  • Destructing, defacing, disturbing or unauthorized removal of any natural object, artifact, cultural resource or government property.
  • Introducing, liberating, or placing plants or animals or their parts taken elsewhere on refuge lands or waters.
  • Disposing of animal carcasses, trash, refuse, rocks, wood or other debris.
  • Cutting, mowing, sawing, digging, collecting, injuring or removing vegetation.
  • Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the refuge. This includes for recreational or commercial purposes.
  • Commercial enterprise without a special use permit.
  • Use or possession of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

Hunting

  • Hunting is an approved use on the refuge that may have additional requirements than state regulations based on location, timing, species, methods of take, etc… See refuge specific regulations below.
  • Small game hunting is an approved use on the refuge. Hunters using shotguns, including turkey hunters, are required to use and possess only non-toxic shot.
  • During the small game and migratory bird seasons, hunting dogs must be under the immediate control of the hunter.
  • Hunters must wear an article of blaze orange/pink consistent with state regulations.
  • We prohibit constructing or occupying permanent stands or blinds. We also prohibit the use of nails, wire, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree or hunting from a tree, into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter. Portable hunting stands must be set up and removed each day.
  • We prohibit the use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting.
  • We prohibit distribution of feed or bait, or hunting over bait. This includes salts and minerals.

   Tamarac Hunting Brochure

 

Trapping

  • Trapping is an approved use on the refuge it is by special use permit only and may have additional requirements than state regulations. See refuge specific regulations below.
  • Contact the refuge office for application information at 218-847-2641.

Fishing

  • Fishing is an approved use on the refuge that may have additional requirements than state regulations based on location, timing, species, methods of take, etc... See refuge specific regulations below.
  • We prohibit watercraft use except in designated areas. See hunting and fishing brochures.
  • We prohibit all types of motorized vehicles on frozen water bodies.

   Tamarac Fishing Brochure

Artificial Lights

  • You may not use a spotlight, headlight or other artificial light to spot, locate or take any wild animal in a refuge.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Specific

  • ATVs and snowmobiles are prohibited on refuge lands and waters.
  • Boating, canoeing and kayaking are permitted only on lakes open to summer fishing. See hunting and fishing brochures.
  • Blackbird Lake is open to non-motorized boats or electric boat motor use only.
  • Swimming, waterskiing, tubing, and motorized personal watercraft are prohibited.
  • Fires are permitted only in grills at the Chippewa Picnic site.

Additional information

  • The above information is a partial list of rules and regulations. Consult the Tamarac Refuge General Brochure for more details.
  • Special-use permits may be issued for compatible secondary uses upon approval of the refuge manager. Contact the refuge office for application information at 218-847-2641.
Download Tamarac General Brochure

Download Tamarac Refuge Map