Facility Rules and Policies

Enjoy exploring and recreating in your National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. (Special times for hunters in season). 

Closures

Refuge roads may be closed to public entry due to flooding. Be aware of signs indicating closed areas. There are two designated hiking trails that are closed to all hunting. Please see the refuge regulations for details. ATVs and UTVs may be used for hunting and fishing access only, must stay on designated roads and trails, and may not ride on flooded roads or trails on the refuge.

General Regulations

To ensure healthy habitat and sustainable natural resources for your continued enjoyment, and to ensure visitor safety, the following are rules and prohibited activities: 

  • ATVs and UTVs may be used for hunting and fishing access only, must stay on designated roads and trails, and may not ride on flooded roads or trails on the refuge. 
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. 
  • Non-toxic steel shot must be used in shotguns. 
  • Fires and camping are not allowed on the refuge. 
  • Possession or distribution of bait while in the field and hunting with the aid of bait, including any grain, salt, minerals, or any non-naturally occurring food attractant is not allowed. 
  • Cutting, removing, or damaging vegetation is prohibited. 
  • It is illegal to operate drones-unmanned aircraft on Refuge property without a special permit. (*A drone flight may be permitted occasionally for research or resource management purposes). If a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife. 
  • Searching for or removing any object of archeological or historical significance, including arrowheads, pottery, etc., as well as any natural materials such as plants, mushrooms, berries, and antler sheds is prohibited.

Non-emergency complaints of violation on refuge lands should be reported to Refuge Law Enforcement, (985) 882-2041. 

To report general wildlife violations in the State of Louisiana: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Operation Game Thief Hotline: 800-442-2511.