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- 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.