Rules and Regulations

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Special regulations are necessary on refuges to protect wildlife and habitat. Please familiarize yourself with Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge's (NWR) regulations and respect the privileges of other recreationists. Understanding the Refuge regulations will make your visit a safe and enjoyable one. There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do at Tewaukon NWR. Be safe and have fun! 


To protect habitat, all vehicles, including bicycles, must stay on designated roads as shown on the map. All trails are closed to vehicles. Snowmobiles are prohibited. Vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas or pullouts. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour unless posted otherwise. The Lake Tewaukon Road is closed to vehicles from October 1st through April 30th to minimize disturbance to migratory birds and other wildlife. The Point Road is closed November 1st until passable in the spring and the large flocks of migratory waterfowl have moved north.

Camping and Fires

Camping, open fires, and wood cutting or gathering are prohibited on all Refuge lands.

Firearms, Explosives, and Other Weapons

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 during the ring-necked pheasant and white-tailed deer hunting seasons in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).

Target shooting and carrying, possessing, or discharging fireworks, or explosives on national wildlife refuges are prohibited activities.

Collection of Animals, Plant Life, and Artifacts

Collecting, possessing, disturbing, injuring, poisoning, or destroying any plant or animal or part thereof (alive or dead) is prohibited (except legally taken game). Plants and animals or their parts may not be introduced or placed on the Refuge.

Searching for, removing, or damaging historic items, Native American artifacts, or fossils is prohibited. No person shall search for or remove rocks, stones, or mineral specimens.


Pets are permitted only if they are confined or leashed (except hunting dogs when participating in a legal hunt).


All Refuge lakes and waters are closed to recreational boating. Boats may only be used for fishing on Lake Tewaukon and Sprague Lake from May 1st through September 30th.


Lake Tewaukon and Sprague Lake are open to shore fishing year round in accordance with North Dakota Game and Fish Regulations. Fishing from boats is open from May 1st through September 30th. Ice fishing is allowed on Lake Tewaukon and Sprague Lake. Contact the Refuge Manager for further information.


Hunting opportunities are limited on Tewaukon Refuge. Hunting is allowed for ring-necked pheasant after the North Dakota deer gun season. There is an archery white-tailed deer hunting season and a rifle deer gun season and North Dakota State regulations apply. The dates for hunting season change each year and there are closed areas. Please contact the Refuge for current seasons and refuge specific regulations. Commercial guiding for hunting is prohibited.

Refuge Hours

The Refuge headquarters is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Public use areas of the Refuge are open to the public from one-half hour before sunrise to 10:00 pm year-round.

Closed Areas

Specific areas are closed to hunting, fishing, and all other public access to provide for resource protection or public safety. Contact the Refuge Manager or consult the “Visitor Use” pamphlets for further information.

Disposal of Waste

Dumping of litter, sewage, liquid wastes, or any other material on the Refuge is prohibited. Please pack out all your trash including fishing line and tackle.

Natural and Cultural Resources

Destruction, injury, defacement, disturbance, or removal of any government or private property or natural objects is prohibited.

When in doubt about any regulation, contact the Refuge staff at (701)724-3598.

Refuge Signs and Their Meaning

The following information is provided to help you understand the meaning of regulatory signs that you will see on the Refuge.

*Boundary Sign
These signs indicate the boundary of lands administered by Tewaukon NWR. The fence line is not always the boundary line.

    NWR Boundary Sign

*No Hunting Zone Sign
Areas behind these signs are closed to all hunting.
    No Hunting Zone
*Area Closed Sign
Areas behind these signs are closed to all public access to ensure the safety of visitors as well as wildlife.
    Area Closed Sign

Accessibility Information

Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is available to all individuals regardless of physical or mental ability. Dial 711 for a free connection to the State relay service for TTY and voice calls to and from the speech and hearing impaired. For more information or to address accessibility needs, please contact the Refuge staff at 307 / 875 2187, or the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Equal Opportunity, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.