Weather Alert; Snow this Weekend!
The refuge will remain open. Visitors may snowshoe and cross country ski on hiking trails. Use caution; roads and trails may be impassable.
Wildlife Drive and Trail Portions Closed
The bald eagles returned to their nest! The pair and chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring staff to restrict access to trails.
2016 Eagle Nest Buffer Map
Visit Occoquan Bay NWR
There are things to see at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge year-round! Plan your trip to the refuge by dressing for the weather, bringing insect repellant and watching out for poison ivy. Visit the link below to learn more about visiting the refuge.Plan Your Visit
About the Complex
In 1998, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Occoquan Bay NWR, and Featherstone NWR, were reorganized into the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Occoquan Bay is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.
Learn more about the complex
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
The bald eagles returned to their nest! The pair and chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring staff to restrict access to trails. However, staff created a new seasonal trail around the nest for public use during the eagle breeding period. Click on the link for a refuge trail map.Bald Eagle Nest Trail Closure Map
•No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs
•For a complete list of rules, regulations, and hours of operation, click on the link below.Occoquan Bay NWR Refuge Rules and Regulations
Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures. Learn more about volunteering at the refuge on our Get Involved page.2015 Volunteer Opportunities
Ospreys are one of the most common bird species seen at Occoquan Bay NWR during spring and summer. They return in early March to re-form pair bonds and establish breeding territories. Breeding pairs can be observed nesting on platforms located throughout the refuge.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., December Sunset - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2016