Rules and Regulations

Help keep Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge wild!

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations.

Only legally licensed vehicles are allowed on the refuge and are restricted to roads that are open to travel. Off-highway vehicles (ATV’s, ATC’s and UTV’s ) are prohibited on the refuge.

Boats used for any recreational activity; i.e., hunting and wildlife viewing, must be removed from the refuge daily. Boats must comply with all state regulations. Starr Ranch Boat Ramp is closed but may be used for launching canoes and kayaks.

Roads may be closed at any time due to adverse weather conditions or management needs. Vehicles must remain on established roads as delineated on the refuge map. Vehicles may be parked alongside open roads in a manner that will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. Vehicles are not required to park at designated parking areas but are recommended to do so.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in Refuge hunts and other activities. Contact the Refuge Manager for guidelines to obtain special use access.

All dogs are required to wear a collar displaying the owner’s name, address, and telephone number and remain on a leash.

Horses are permitted only on roads open to motorized traffic and the Wildlife Observation Trail. Riding off roads into fields, woods, or on foot trails is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Refuge Manager.

Bicycles must remain on improved roads at all times.

Closed Areas Designated areas will be closed to certain types of hunting (see map for specific locations and closures). Other areas may be closed for special management or safety reasons. Roads and lands closed to public access are designated by signs.

Camping and fires are strictly prohibited on the refuge.