Bombay Hook National Wildlife RefugeVisitor Center2591 Whitehall Neck RoadSmyrna, DE 19977302-653-9345
Stretching eight miles along Delaware Bay and covering 16,251 acres, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for wildlife. Four-fifths of the refuge is tidal salt marsh with a mix of cordgrass meadows, mud flats, tidal pools, rivers, creeks, and tidal streams. The upland area includes forests, freshwater impoundments, brushy and timbered swamps, and fields of herbaceous plants. This diversity of habitats is reflected in the diversity of animal life.
The refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails (2 handicapped accessible), three observation towers, wildlife photography, hunting opportunities, a variety of nature and educational programs, and interpretative displays.
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REGULAR AREA – The back part of the refuge, Finis and Bear Swamp Areas, is closed December 16 and 19, 2013 all day for shotgun. It is closed January 6 and 24, 2014 all day. It is closed on December 14, 2013 until 1:00 pm for the Young Waterfowlers Hunt.
HEADQUARTERS AREA – The front part of the refuge, Raymond and Shearness Areas, is closed December 18, 2013 all day for shotgun.