Facility Rules and Policies
The refuge is open during daylight hours only, but the interior of the refuge is closed to public access from the end of October until the first Saturday of March. This is to decrease disturbance to large concentrations of migrating waterfowl. Hunting and fishing are permitted according to state regulations, with some additional regulations regarding closed areas. Camping is not allowed at the refuge, but is available at nearby Pershing State Park. Firewood cutting may be allowed in certain locations with a special permit from the refuge manager. Contact the refuge office for more information on permits, rules and regulations.
- The refuge is open during daylight hours only
- Camping is not allowed at the refuge, however excellent facilities are available at Pershing State Park on State Highway 130, seven miles north of the refuge
- To decrease disturbances for the large concentration of migrating waterfowl, the interior of the refuge is closed to public access from the end of October, until the first Saturday of March each year
- Permitted hunters are allowed access to designated hunting areas during the proper seasons
- Fishing is permitted according to state regulations only when the refuge is open. However, all fishing is prohibited during managed deer hunts.
- Permits are required for cutting firewood on the refuge. There are many places where trees and brush need to be removed or thinned to improve wildlife habitat. Contact the refuge manager if you are interested in cutting firewood on the refuge.
- Mushroom gathering, antler gathering and berry and nut picking for personal use only are allowed during seasons when the refuge is open.
Contact the refuge office with questions regarding the rules and regulations, at 660-856-3323.
- Leave no trace and carry out what you brought in
- Park in designated areas
- Overnight camping
- Possession or use of alcoholic beverages