Free camping — at wildlife refuges


By Bib Difley

Be on the lookout for Fish and Wildlife refuges, both national and state, for good boondocking and cheap camping opportunities. When there is no hunting season active, these refuges can be deserted. Though policies Free camping — at wildlife refugesvary with each state, at some of these wildlife resources you can camp either free or very cheap.

Some refuges can be quite scenic, on ponds maintained for ducks for instance. In some states (California is one example) you can camp free if you have a state fishing or hunting license. If not, you can still camp but will have to pay, usually a very reasonable fee.

Check online or at regional Fish & Game offices for policies and locations — but avoid during hunting seasons.

(Photo: Finney-Ramer Unit of California’s Imperial Wildlife Area)

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