Rules and Regulations

Three-toed box turtle / Dan Smith

There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. 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. Please check with refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities at Tishomingo National Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

  • Open from sunrise to sunset; night time traffic is prohibited, except for night fishing.
  • Drive only on designated roads, not on refuge farm fields.
  • Seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities are offered; be sure to obtain the regulations and permit. 
  • No horses, all terrain vehicles or dirt bikes are allowed on the refuge.
  • Pets are allowed on the refuge, but must be kept on a leash and under control of the owner at all times.
  • Fires are permitted only at designated areas within the provided fire pits.
  • Swimming, personal watercraft (i.e., jet ski), waterskiing and air boats are not permitted.
  • Take all litter with you or place in designated bins.
  • Use caution when walking on roads. Yield to approaching vehicles.
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Young animals should be left alone.
  • Help protect resources. All plants, wildlife, and cultural features on the refuge are protected and it is illegal to remove them.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges 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).