Facility Rules and Policies

While visiting Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please remember that


The following regulations have been established to reduce disturbance to wildlife, protect both visitors and wildlife, and enhance opportunities for viewing wildlife.

Rules & Policies

NO DOGS or other domestic pets


  • Retrieval dogs on designated days in designated areas during waterfowl hunting season
  • Certified service animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities are permitted on all trails and facilities as long as they are under the direct control of their owner at all times and all feces is removed from the site.

The prohibition of pets is to reduce disturbance to wildlife and habitat and make your viewing experience better. The presence of dogs, even when leashed, can scare wildlife away from the trail. Fleeing due to disturbance burns much needed energy that animals need to live and raise their young.  

NO Bicycling

NO Jogging/Running (except on paved entrance road)

NO Fires

NO Fireworks

NO Drones or Kite-flying 

NO Overnight Parking or Camping 

NO Horseback Riding

NO Motorized Vehicles on trails

Please do not litter; carry out what you bring in.

To ensure a quality experience for our visitors and to minimize disturbance to wildlife, collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, feathers, antlers, and objects of antiquity (including Native American artifacts) is strictly prohibited.