Laws and Regulations


Special use permits are issued by the refuge manager for authorized special activities. A few of the regulated refuge special uses may include scientific studies, firewood cutting and commercial filming. Permits may be obtained by submitting a formal request to the attention of the refuge manager by mail:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 158
Mound City, MO 64470

You may also request a permit application by emailing

Rules and Regulations

Permitted activities on the refuge

  • Hiking
  • Dogs on a leash
  • Wildlife observation
  • Photography
  • Fishing is permitted in pools and ditches adjacent to the auto tour in accordance with State of Missouri fishing regulations and may only be taken with hand-held pole and line or rod and reel. Snagging for rough or non-game fish is available as conditions permit.
  • Hunting is permitted in accordance with state regulations in specific areas
  • Mushroom hunting and berry picking in designated areas