Facility Rules and Policies

Help Protect Wildlife and Habitat

To protect wildlife and their habitat ALL AREAS ARE CLOSED on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge unless posted open at designated trails, sites, or facilities as determined by the Refuge.

National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first, and where people can experience the beauty of the natural world in a truly wild place. Although people are welcome, activities are regulated and monitored to ensure that impacts are minimal to the plants and animals that call the refuge “home”. View all Rules and Policies to further help protect wildlife and their habitat at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Law enforcement issues should be referred to Refuge headquarters at (541) 493-2612.

Day Use Only

The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is no charge to visit Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Refuge Roads

Motorized vehicles and horseback riding are permitted on designated roads shown on the Refuge Map. Horseback riding is not permitted on East Canal Road. All other areas such as dike tops and fields not shown on the Refuge map are closed to the public.  


Hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing are permitted on designated roads and trails shown on the Trails Brochure. Use caution on the East Canal Road, it is shared with vehicular traffic. All other areas such as dike tops and fields not shown on the map are closed to the public. Yield to pedestrians; many Refuge routes are multi-use trails. 

Fishing and Hunting

Fishing and Hunting are permitted on Refuge certain times of the year. For more information about fishing and hunting, visit Activities.  


Non-motorized boats and electric boats are permitted on Krumbo Reservoir for recreational boating and Fishing year-round, and in designated hunt areas during the Malheur Lake hunt seasons. All other Refuge waters are closed to boating.  


Pets must be kept on leash while on the Refuge. Please pick up after your pets. 


Use of drones are illegal on the Refuge and illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge lands. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife.

Audio Playback

The use of audio devices to lure birds violates Refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.51 and 50 CFR 27.72) and is not permitted on the Refuge.

Birding Ethics

Your car is an excellent observation and photographic blind. Please be considerate and bird from the curb.


Possession of weapons on the Refuge must abide by all Oregon State laws and regulations. Discharge of weapons outside of the hunting seasons are prohibited.  

Prohibited Activities

ATVs/UTVs, audio playback, camping or overnight parking, campfires, drones, ice fishing, target shooting, off-leash pets, swimming, and collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, minerals, antlers, objects of antiquity (including Indian artifacts) are prohibited.