Public Use Information

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Once refuge boundaries are marked and posted on newly acquired lands, some public use opportunities will be available. The Service intends to add other public uses, including hunting and fishing, once required planning (including rulemaking and public involvement) is completed and more land is acquired. The tables below provide general guidance on initial use of these lands by the public.

 
For additional info please contact the refuge office.
 


Permitted Activities 

 

Activities

Details 

 

Day use

From legal sunrise to legal sunset.

Photography

In areas open to the public; Day use only.

Bicycles

Bicycle riding is permitted on refuge graveled roads or improved trails owned and maintained by the refuge while engaged in wildlife related activities only; use is daylight hours only. Bicycles are not permitted off these secondary access routes for any purpose. Some areas/trails may only be open seasonally.

Horses and mules

Horseback riding is permitted on refuge graveled roads or improved trails owned and maintained by the refuge while engaged in wildlife related activities only; use is daylight hours only. Horses and mules are not permitted off these secondary access routes for any purpose. Some areas/trails may only be open seasonally.

 

Picnicking

In areas open to the public; Day use only.

Wildlife Observation

In areas open to the public; Day use only.

Exercise and Meditation

In areas open to the public; Day use only.

Scientific Research

By Special Use Permits Only, permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Release of Rehabilitated Wildlife

By Special Use Permits Only, permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Firewood Cutting

By Special Use Permits Only, permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Possession, transportation,
or carrying firearms
Must comply with all provisions of state and local law.
Licensed VehiclesPermitted on open graveled roadways.

 

 

 

General Refuge Regulations

All Refuge specific regulations apply to public use on the Green River NWR.

The regulations listed below include but are not limited to the federal regulations governing public use set forth in Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations, Kentucky State Regulations and Refuge specific regulations. The following regulations are representative of some of the more common prohibited activities.

 

Prohibited Activities   

Activities 

 

Details

 

Night use

From legal sunset to legal sunrise.

Hunting

Currently prohibited until legally required planning documents are submitted and approved. 

Fishing

Currently prohibited until legally required planning documents are submitted and approved.

Littering

Includes bio-degradable waste such as grass cuttings, tree removal debris, etc.

Camping

Not permitted.

Fires

Not permitted.

Ceremonies

Includes weddings, birthdays gatherings, etc.

Trapping

Not permitted.

Discarding any fish, wildlife, or other animal carcasses

Not permitted.

Searching for or removal of any object of antiquity

Including arrowheads, pottery or other artifacts.

 

Target practice with any weapon or non-hunting discharge of firearms

Not permitted.

Taking of fish, wildlife, and/or plants

Includes cutting trees and brush

Spotlighting

No unauthorized person shall use or direct the rays of a spotlight or other artificial light, or automotive headlights for the purpose of spotting, locating or taking any animal within the boundaries of the refuge or along right-of-way for public or private roads within the refuge.

Feeding Wildlife

Including distributing any feed, salt or other minerals.

All-terrain vehicles ATVs

Any unlicensed vehicle is prohibited on all refuge property.

Dogwalking

Includes running or training of dogs and all other pets.

Beekeeping

Not permitted.

Competitive Races

Not permitted.

 
For emergencies dial 911. To report wildlife/ refuge violations call: Refuge Law Enforcement @ 270-703-2836 or Kentucky Fish and Wildlife @ 1-800-25-ALERT (25378). Information may be reported anonymously or with a return telephone number.

 

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