Facility Rules and Policies

Great River National Wildlife Refuge is open for general use during daylight hours only, except in the case of lawful hunting activities which may occur from ½ hour before legal sunrise to ½ hour after legal sunset. Please check the hunting and fishing regulations brochure for other specific regulations regarding general use of the refuge.

  • The refuge is open to public use during daylight hours only, except in the case of lawful hunting activities which may occur from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset based on state regulations
  • Hiking is allowed on refuge roads and trails, unless otherwise posted
  • ATVs are not allowed on the refuges
  • Dogs must be on a leash except when used for the purpose of hunting where hunting is allowed
  • Berry and mushroom gathering are allowed for personal consumption only, not for resale or other commercial use
  • Collecting shed deer antlers is not permitted
  • Firearms are allowed on the refuge during authorized hunting activities. When transporting firearms on refuge roads or waters, firearms must be unloaded and either dismantled or cased, unless in compliance with state concealed/carry regulations.
  • For hunting, you may use or possess only approved nontoxic shot shells while in the field, including shot shells used for hunting wild turkey
  • Camping or fires are not permitted
  • To help meet the primary refuge purpose of providing an inviolate refuge for migratory birds, areas within the refuge may be closed to public use due to breeding and/or migration
  • Special group trips (school groups, scouts, etc.) are encouraged. Guided group tours may sometimes be arranged in advance by contacting the refuge office.

 

Please check the hunting and fishing regulations brochure for other specific regulations regarding general use of this refuge.