Rules and Regulations


All of these rules and regulations can be found in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge General Brochure, which is available on site or at the complex headquarters at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Hunting Regulations brochure
Hunting Regulations brochure - part 1
Hunting Regulations brochure - part 2

Please do not feed, approach or touch any wildlife, especially alligators. Although alligators may appear to be sleeping or dead, they are not. They can move quickly if disturbed or hungry. Keep yourself and all pets away from alligators and the water where they may be lurking.

Watch where you step! Sabine is home to poisonous snakes like the cottonmouth (water moccasin) and biting fire ants. Protect yourself from biting insects by using insect repellent and/or protective clothing. Drink plenty of water and use sun block regularly to prevent heat disorders and sunburn.

Permitted Recreational Activities (sunrise to sunset only)

  • Wildlife Observation
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Paddling (canoe, kayak, pirogue)
  • Boat Launching
  • Motor boating-March 15 to Oct 15
  • Cast netting for shrimp- LA inshore shrimp season only.
  • Waterfowl Hunting- LA waterfowl season

Prohibited Activities and Items

  • Presence on the refuge before sunrise and after sunset, except boat travel.
  • Boat travel prior to 1 hour before sunrise and after 1 hour past sunset.
  • Littering, including crab string.
  • Feeding and harassing wildlife.
  • Disturbing or collecting plants, animals, or artifacts.
  • Pets without a leash.
  • Swimming or wading.
  • Overnight parking
  • Camping
  • Glass containers/bottles
  • Portable grills, campfires, and cooking fires