There are activities for the whole family year-round at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, hunting, environmental education, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
About the Complex
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,285 acre island.
Eastern Neck is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Around the Refuge
The refuge draws a lot of strength and support from our volunteers. People have contributed a couple hours a month to nearly a hundred hours a month. Every piece counts to make a refuge whole. Check out the Get Involved page to learn about ways to volunteer at the refuge.Get Involved
The refuge is flat and is a popular place to ride bikes. Bikes are permitted on roads, but are not permitted on trails. Once on the refuge please follow the posted guidelines. Biting insects and ticks are present during warmer months - be sure to bring repellent and sunscreen.Plan Your Visit
BayScapes are environmentally-sound landscapes that benefit people, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay. BayScaping advocates a holistic approach through principles inspired by relationships found in the natural world. The BayScapes program teaches homeowners and landowners how to practice conservation landscaping, conserve water, create diversity, use native plants, create wildlife habitat, use Integrated Pest Management and plan for the long term.Learn more about BayScapes
Around Thanksgiving we give thanks for another kind of bird, the tundra swans. Tundra swans visit the refuge starting in late November before migrating about 4,000 miles in March! They can fly up to 50 miles per hour, weigh 10 to 22 pounds, and have a wing span of 72-88 inches. Although they are all around the island, the Tundra Swan Boardwalk is the best viewing place to see the swans.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2014