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Learn about camping and boondocking at National Wildlife Refuges

Camping at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Camping at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is allowed at the refuge's only campground. It's not free, however, but it's still cheap at just $2.00 per day, and will accommodate all sized rigs from the largest RVs down to motorcycle campers.

A Guide to Boondocking in National Wildlife Refuges

Boondocking in National Wildlife Refuges! Boondocking in national wildlife refuges is one of the least known federal recreation lands where free camping is allowed. However, of the 580+ national wildlife refuges, less than 10% support camping, and only a few allow dispersed camping. Of all the refuges that support camping, nearly all are located west of the Mississippi River. National Wildlife Refuges Boondocking Map This National Wildlife Refuges Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews… [AK] [AL] [AR] [AZ] [CA] ... Read more

Free Camping at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Free camping at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is available at two campgrounds found within the refuge. These campgrounds are the only camping options for visitors to Browns Park. Otherwise, there is no boondocking, dispersed...

Camping at Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge

Camping at Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge is available at two (2) primitive campgrounds. Both campgrounds are located within the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area, which is a state-managed area. Camping is NOT free. Camping permits and access permits are required.

Free Camping at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge

Camping at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is allowed, but is limited to smaller RVs, vans, cars, and tent campers. Recreational camping is generally not permitted, instead, camping is restricted for wildlife-related activities...

Free Camping at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Vehicle-based camping at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is allowed only in the two campgrounds found within its boundaries. Both located off the Alaska Highway, these campgrounds are easy to access for any vehicle, and both...

Free Camping at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Both RV and tent camping at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is allowed throughout most of the area. Vehicles cannot drive off-road and must park in either developed campgrounds provided by the Refuge, or in previously-used campsites...

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Camping Rules

Read the full set of camping rules for Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, as sourced from the refuge literature, and the laws and regulations of US Fish & Wildlife Service. Includes boondocking and occupancy limits.

Free Camping at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

Free camping at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is available all year long, without reservations. The US Fish & Wildlife Service provides eighty-three (83) primitive campsites throughout the refuge. Each campsite is limited...

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge Camping Guide

The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few units managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service that allows "true" dispersed camping throughout much of its land. The rules published below were gathered from information...