Rules and Regulations


There are lots 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, or consult our publications, before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of other activities on Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

Unmanned Aircraft & Drones

The use of unmanned aircraft or drones on the refuge is prohibited.


There is no fishing allowed on Toppenish.


The refuge is open for day use only for all activities, except hunting, sunrise to sunset; no overnight parking or camping is allowed. Hunters are allowed access from 1-1/2 hours before sunrise to 1-1/2 hours after sunset.

Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only.


Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons. Only shotguns are permitted for hunting and only with non-toxic shot.

Excluded Activities

Other prohibitions on the refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.


Waterfowl (duck, goose and coot), snipe and upland gamebird hunting are permitted on the refuge during the regular Washington State hunting seasons in public hunting areas designated on the refuge map. All other species are protected, e.g., coyotes, cougars, crows, deer, squirrels and rabbits.

No trapping of any kind is allowed on Toppenish NWR.

For the current regulations related to hunting on Toppenish NWR, please refer to the PDF below.

Toppenish NWR Hunting Regulations

To see the regulations and hunting opportunities on all the refuges in the Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, please visit:

Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex's Hunting Regulations