Tips for Summer Refuge Visits

  1. bring waterWater: Make sure to bring water with you whether you are planning a long or a short visit, it is going to be a hot summer and there is no access to drinking water on the refuge.
  2. Restroom facilities: There are restrooms at the trailheads of both the Carty and River ‘S’ Units, and one stop right before the Kiwa Trail on the River ‘S’ Auto Tour Route, but there are no other facilities available to the public.
  3. Bring a Snack: Just like with water, we want you to stay healthy and happy, plan to bring a snack on longer walks, but keep in mind there are no picnic areas on the refuge.
  4. Trash Receptacles: There are no trash cans available so please pack out anything you bring in with you, we really appreciate it, and the wildlife does too!
  5. Appropriate Shoes: If you plan to walk anywhere on the refuge, we recommend wearing shoes that protect your feet. While refuge staff strive to keep grasses, poison oak and stinging nettle back from the trails, they are always around, as well as fallen branches, rocks and more.
  6. Fire: Fireworks and burning are strictly prohibited on the refuge, please protect our wildlife.
  7. Ticks: Ticks are crafty, even on open trails they can find their way onto humans, so make sure to check yourself after a visit to the Refuge.




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