Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Visitor Center Holiday Hours

    Happy Holidays! Visitor Center hours are reduced, click the link below to see when we're open.

    2018 Holiday Visitor Center Hours

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    Lake Caroline CLOSED

    Lake Caroline is closed to all boating and fishing November 1 through January 31.

    Rules and Regulations

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    iNaturalist Bio Bliz Challenge!

    Find out how you can help us document the plants and animals found on the refuge!


  • Walking Trails

    Get in touch with nature by walking refuge trails.

    Headquarters Trail Map

Refuge Information

Hunting/Fishing Permit


This free permit provides information on refuge rules and regulations as they pertain to hunting and fishing on the refuge. Read, print, sign, and keep this permit with you at all times when hunting or fishing on the refuge. The permit below is the equivalent of the hunting/fishing permit available in person at the Visitor Center.

2018-2019 Red River NWR Hunting/Fishing Permit

Youth Waterfowl Lottery Hunt


The application period for the 2018/2019 season is September 1 through October 20.

Apply for the 2018-19 Youth Waterfowl Lottery Hunt

Educational Group Visits


There are several different ways you can use the refuge as an outdoor classroom, including self-guided activities for your group.

Click here to learn more about group visit options.
Wildlife Rehabilitation
eBird Trail Tracker

eBird Trail Tracker

eBird Trail Tracker

Discover what birds have been seen recently at the refuge using Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

Click here to access the eBird Trail Tracker.


Check Us Out On Facebook!

Be sure to "like" the Red River Refuge Facebook page. You can stay up to date on all of the current happenings at the Refuge. This is the best place to go for up-to-minute information.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS