A man and a woman paddling a red boat on calm waters carrying fishing gear
  • February 1 to sunset October 15 the use of non-motorized boats is allowed on all refuge waters. Boat ramps are available in Havana and the Wilder Public Use Area. 
  • October 16-January 31, the refuge waters are closed for waterfowl sanctuary. During this time, boat use is only permitted to access the hunting units.
  • NOTE- The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve and Thompson Lake on the East side of HWY 97/78 is privately owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. Please contact The Nature Conservancy for their specific regulations. You must obtain a lake access permit and liability waiver.