Rules and Regulations

Speed limit

The refuge is open from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset in designated areas.

The refuge is open for nature photography, wildlife observation, fishing, hunting, environmental education and interpretation. To protect the natural resources of the refuge and to provide all visitors with a safe and enjoyable wildlife experience please observe all refuge signs and regulations in handouts and brochures.

Permitted Activities

  • Hiking and canoeing/kayaking on designated trails. There is a 30 horsepower limit for boats using Prime Hook Creek.
  • Hunting and fishing in accordance with refuge-specific and state regulations.
  • Boats must be launched from designated points of access.
  • Nature photography, wildlife observation, and nature study.
  • Driving, biking and walking on Turkle Pond Road and the dirt road to Turkle and Fleetwood Ponds in accordance with state law.
  • Dogs on a leash no more than 10ft in length. All dog waste must be collected and disposed of properly.

Prohibited Activities

  • Feeding, capturing or releasing animals.
  • Collecting, removing, disturbing, injuring, or destroying plants, animals, or objects of antiquity or any other natural object alive or dead.
  • The use of mechanical or electronic devices to lure or attract wildlife.
  • Unleashed pets and other domestic animals including horses.
  • Fires, fireworks, camping, overnight stays.
  • Off road vehicles, blocking traffic on roads and at gates.
  • Bicycles on trails.
  • Air thrust and in-board water-thrust boats. Gas motors on Turkle and Fleetwood Ponds.
  • Swimming, water skiing.
  • Geochaching or digging, burying or disturbing the ground.
  • The use or possession of unauthorized weapons. Target shooting. Firearms are prohibited in all federal buildings.
  • Entering or remaining on the refuge while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Soliciting, advertising, or conducting a commercial enterprise.
  • Trapping.
  • Littering.