Facility Activities

The refuge provides a variety of activities such as archery, auto tours, biking, hiking, hunting, painting, photography, and wildlife watching.   Stop by the visitor center or call for current activities on refuge. 

Lake 13 (300 acres) on the refuge offers rainbow trout, channel catfish, yellow perch and largemouth bass. Fishing season is March 1-October 31. Small boats (trolling speed only) are allowed on Lake 13.

From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.

Boat ramp is currently closed due to low water.   

Recreational vehicle (RV), as well as tent camping, is allowed at the campground with a 5-night maximum stay. These sites do not have amenities like potable water, electricity, or sewage hookups. The sites which are approximately 40’ wide by 60–100’ long can accommodate an average size RV. The...

Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Painting and sketching in nature is possible at nearly all sites open to the public. Sometimes, sites host public displays of artworks created on the refuge.
Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
A few sites allow picnicking at designated areas.
Rangers lead wildlife walks, tours and educational programs at many sites. Events may focus on wildflowers or birds or on seasonal spectacles, such as elk bugling or sea turtle nesting. Some programs may be limited in size or require advance registration. See individual websites for details.
Many multi-purpose trails are open to runners and joggers as well as walkers and, in some cases, bicyclists. Some sites host annual fun runs. Check individual refuge websites for details.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.