Laws and Regulations

Visiting Hours: The refuge is open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Access and Parking: Motor vehicles are permitted on improved refuge roads only. Roads marked as "Closed" or "Authorized Vehicles Only" are closed to the public. Parking is permitted in designated parking areas only. Overnight RV parking is prohibited. Note that the condition and closure of public roads are subject to seasonal and weather-related factors.

ATVs/UTVs/ORVs/motorcycles and Snowmobiles: ATVs and snowmobiles may not be used on any off-road portion of the refuge. All UTV, ATV, or motorcycles used on refuge roads must be licensed and registered in compliance with their state of ownership or in Wyoming as 'street legal.' ORV or OHV stickers do not make an ORV 'street legal'. Snowmobiles are not allowed on refuge roads.

Hunting and Fishing: Both are allowed on the refuge per state seasons and regulations.

Hiking: Hiking and walking are only allowed on established roads open to vehicular traffic and designated trails. Roads marked as "Closed" or "Authorized Vehicles Only" are closed to the public.

Boating: The use of boats and canoes is only allowed on Pathfinder Reservoir. There is a boat ramp located at Bishops Point.

Bicycling: Bicycling is permitted on the refuge, but is restricted to established roads open to vehicular traffic. Roads marked as "Closed" or "Authorized Vehicles Only" are closed to the public. Bicycles are prohibited on hiking trails.

Camping: Camping is prohibited with the exception of Bishops Point Campground, which is administered by the Natrona County. Outside of the campground at Bishops Point, all visitors must leave the refuge at the end of each day. Overnight parking on the refuge is also prohibited.

Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is prohibited on the refuge, except when employed by participants of the grazing management program to accomplish their work.

Fires: No fires of any type are permitted within the refuge.

Littering: Littering is not allowed. Please carry out all trash from the refuge.

Picnicking: There are no public picnic facilities located on the refuge.

Firearms: Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). Discharge of a firearm for any reason other than the legal taking of game animals is prohibited.

Pets: All pets must be leashed, with the exception of retrievers used for hunting during the appropriate hunting seasons.

Disturbance of Animal or Plant Life: Molesting, injuring, disturbing, or destroying any animal or plant, except properly taken fish or game in season, is prohibited.

Disturbance of Artifacts and Historic Items: Artifacts and historic items are protected on refuge lands by Federal law. It is unlawful to search for or remove these objects from refuge lands.

Shed Antler Hunting: Shed antler hunting is not permitted on any portion of the refuge.

Personal Conduct: Disorderly conduct is forbidden at all times. Anyone who is obviously intoxicated will not be allowed to remain on the refuge. 

If you have any questions about rules and regulations or law enforcement, please feel free to stop by headquarters, call staff at 970-723-8202 or email: