Laws and Regulations

The Refuge Road in autumn.
General Refuge Regulations
  • Abide by all posted signs. Signs may change seasonally to reflected updated closures and regulations.
  • No stopping or parking a vehicle on Refuge roads. Please use pullouts provided.
  • Refuge road access at night is for thru traffic only. All parking areas are closed after sunset.
  • No camping, night parking, campfires, or warming fires.
  • No drones.
  • No off-road or off-designated path travel.
  • No collecting or transporting any natural product, including shed antlers, from the Refuge.
May 1st Opening

Starting May 1 at 6AM, the Refuge Road beyond the county maintained section opens to public. This allows access to the Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek Roads and the adjoining Bridger-Teton National Forest. This area is closed each winter from December 1 through April 30 to protect wintering wildlife.

Notice for May 1, 2022: The Town of Jackson has changed the procedure for accessing the Refuge Road. For more information on shed collection in Teton County, Wyoming, please visit this site.


Hunting Regulations

Please visit the hunting section of our website.

Fishing regulations

Please visit the fishing section of our website.

A person fly fishing in Flat Creek.

Other Federal Register Notices, Laws, Treaties, and Regulations

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668d), enacted in 1940, and amended several times since, prohibits anyone, without a permit issued by the Secretary of the Interior, from "taking" bald or golden eagles, including their parts (including feathers), nests, or eggs....

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (16 U.S.C. 703-712) implements four international conservation treaties that the U.S. entered into with Canada in 1916, Mexico in 1936, Japan in 1972, and Russia in 1976. It is intended to ensure the sustainability of populations of all protected migratory...

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) provides that the Service examine the environmental impacts, incorporate environmental information, and use public participation in the planning and implementation of all actions; integrate NEPA with other planning requirements; prepare NEPA...

The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act provides authority, guidelines and directives for the Service to improve the National Wildlife Refuge System; administers a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and restoration of fish, wildlife and plant...

Spells out wildlife conservation as the fundamental mission of the Refuge System; requires comprehensive conservation planning to guide management of the Refuge System; directs the involvement of private citizens in land management decisions; and provides that compatible wildlife-dependent...