A person looks on with a yellow tent in the foreground and a sun setting behind a hill under a cloudy sky in the background

For those looking for a more rugged outdoor experience, primitive camping is allowed free of cost on islands on the Mississippi River that are within refuge boundaries (unless posted otherwise). There are no designated camping areas, campfire rings, drinking water or restroom facilities on the islands; campers are asked to follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out trash and properly disposing of waste. For the safety of other visitors and wildlife, please leave glass containers within boats. 

A site may be occupied by campers for up to 14 days, then campers must relocate to a new site at least 1/2 mile away from the previous site. Camp sites must be occupied daily. During waterfowl hunting seasons, camping is prohibited within areas posted Area Closed or No Hunting Zone, or on any sites not clearly visible from the main commercial navigation channel. 

Please see the Public Use Regulations for more specific information about camping, campfires, firewood, and sanitation practices for camping on the islands.