Facility Rules and Policies

Our number one priority at Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is the wildlife and their habitat. But we welcome the opportunity to share these resources with you. Therefore, we have a number of rules and regulations that help protect the resources as well as visitors. Please help by following all rules and regulations.

Refuge Regulations To help protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and ensure your safety, we ask that you please follow the regulations listed:

  • Pablo National Wildlife Refuge are open to public use from sunrise to sunset, except during seasonal closures.
  • Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Use of boats, float tubes, and any other floatation device is prohibited.
  • Leaving or dumping litter, any dead animal, or fish or fish entrails on Refuge land is prohibited.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Fires are prohibited.
  • Off-road travel (including vehicle travel on ice) is not permitted.

The Refuge is closed to all hunting, to include members and non-members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Game may not be retrieved from the refuge. Plan your hunting to ensure that game does not fall into the refuge. If your game falls within the refuge boundary you must contact refuge law enforcement at 406/883-7301 before attempting to retrieve it.

Collection and disturbance of natural objects

Everything on Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is either a home or food for wildlife. Therefore, the collection and disturbance of natural objects such as plants, animals, feathers, antlers, bones, and rocks is not permitted without a Special Use Permit. Archaeological and historic objects are our national heritage so collecting and removing any of these objects is also prohibited. 

Possession of a controlled substance

To provide for an enjoyable and safe visit to all visitors, the Refuge enforces laws in regards to the use of alcohol and controlled substances. Persons under the age of 21 years may not possess, consume or be given alcoholic beverages on the Refuge. Possession of a controlled substance is prohibited (50 CFR 27.82). Entering or remaining on the refuge when under of the influence, to a degree that may endanger oneself or other persons or property or cause a disturbance to visitors or the resource is prohibited.

Drug paraphernalia, including any instrument that facilitates the consumption of a controlled substance, is prohibited.

Possession or consumption of alcohol by persons under 21 years is prohibited.