Facility Rules and Policies

Wildlife First! Refuges are places where wildlife comes first. That's why most refuges do not allow activities that cause undue disturbance to wildlife, such as model airplane flying, dog trials, low-flying aircraft, water skiing, off-road driving, snowmobiling, target shooting and camping.

Did you know that all activities on a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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should be wildlife-dependent? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified six such overarching activities—wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, interpretation, hunting and fishing. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife-related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. If you are unsure if an activity you hope to pursue is allowed, call the refuge to find out (509-546-8300).

McNary NWR General Regulations

Parts of the refuge are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, except for hunting (see link below).

The use of unmanned aircraft or drones on the refuge is prohibited.

Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge except for night fishing in the Madame Dorian area. Night fishing and boat launching is allowed from the mouth of the Walla Walla River to the outlet of Sanctuary Pond.

Camping is not allowed. The only overnight use is fishing in the Madame Dorian area (see above).

Littering is unlawful and can seriously injure wildlife. Help keep the refuge clean by removing all trash.

Dogs must be on leash.

No off-road vehicles.

Collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts is strictly prohibited.

Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.