Laws and Regulations

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 the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Please follow the refuge regulations to ensure a safe visit for you and help protect the refuge: 

  • We cannot allow fires, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, ATV use, swimming, or boating.  
  • All pets must be on leashes.  
  • All groups are welcome. Please make advance arrangements for special programs.  
  • You’ll find picnic tables outside the visitor center, however no fires are allowed. 
  • Please take only memories and photographs. Do not gather or disturb any plants, flowers, insects, wildlife, or artifacts.  
  • All state and local traffic laws apply while on the refuge, and speed limits are posted along the entrance roads and tour route. 
  • The use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) is prohibited. 
  • Foot traffic only on trails (no bicycles or motorized vehicles). 
  • Visit during daylight hours only. 

If you would like more information on permits for commercial tours or photography, contact the refuge office at 979-234-3021.