Facility Rules and Policies

To ensure your safety and protect wildlife and habitat, please adhere to the following regulations. 

Vehicle Use

To protect habitat and ensure public safety, vehicles are restricted to established road open to public use.

Roads open for public travel include the auto tour route and the entrance road to the Warbler Woodland Watchable Wildlife Area.

Snowmobile and ATV use are prohibited on the Refuge.

Avoid parking in front of gates. Do not block refuge access points with vehicles.

Additional vehicle regulations apply to hunting and fishing. Please refer to those activities in the visit us section of our page. 

Boat Use

Motorized boats for fishing are allowed only on Arrowwood and Jim Lakes from May 1 through September 30 of each fishing year.

Boat motors are restricted to a maximum of 25 horsepower.

Only non-motorized boats may be used on Mud Lake.

The Refuge is closed to all boating from April 1 through April 30 and October 1 through March 31.

Primitive boat launch facilities are located in the Warbler Woodland Watchable Wildlife Area on Arrowwood Lake and at the southwest corner of Jim Lake.

A primitive boat launch, restrooms, and tables are located in the Warbler Woodland Watchable Wildlife Area.

A primitive boat launch is located at the southwest corner of Jim lake. 


Pets must be under the owner’s control at all times. Pets can create disturbance to nesting birds and if out of control can harass or disturb other wildlife.

Open Fires and Camping

Open fires and camping are not permitted on the refuge. 


Searching for and collecting antlers, arrowheads, rocks, and other artifacts is a violation of the Archeological Resources Protection Act and is prohibited. 


The Refuge does not have trash receptacles, you are responsible for disposing of your own trash. Do not leave anything behind. Pack it in, pack it out. 


Drones may not be launched, landed, or flown over Refuge lands.