Facility Rules and Policies

In order to safeguard both wildlife and refuge visitors, please observe the following rules and regulations:

Rules and Regulations at Parker River NWR

The following items or activities are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Camping
  • Collecting, disturbing, or feeding wildlife
  • Collecting, cutting, or disturbing plants
  • Collecting or removing beached lobster pots or buoys
  • Collecting, digging, or removing sand, dirt, earth, etc., or any other inorganic materials (human-generated litter excepted)
  • Disturbing, collecting, or removing archaeological or other cultural resources
  • Dogs, horses, and other domestic animals (seeing eye dogs and others that assist the physically impaired excepted)
  • Fires (including charcoal grills, propane and gas stoves, etc.)
  • Fireworks
  • Kite flying
  • Launching or landing watercraft (non-motorized boaters and waterfowl hunters contact refuge headquarters for exceptions)
  • Metal detector use
  • Geocaching
  • Nudity
  • Parking outside designated areas
  • Releasing wild or domestic animals
  • Roller-blading, roller-skating, roller-skiing, and skateboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tenting
  • Use of drones, model airplanes and/or other remote-controlled aircraft
  • Use of “fat bicycles” on the refuge beach  (All bicycle use is restricted to the refuge road.)
  • Use of lights (including vehicle headlights) to locate wildlife
  • Surfing, kite-surfing, kite-boarding


  • To reduce disturbance to wildlife and for your safety, public use is restricted to designated areas. All other areas, including the dunes, are closed.
  • Refuge visitors wishing to possess firearms must comply with all related State laws.  Firearms are not allowed in any refuge building, including the visitor center/headquarters, visitor contact station, and all restrooms.  Hunters should contact refuge headquarters for specific restrictions and/or exceptions.