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  • Occoquan Bay Eaglets 2014

    The Eaglets Hatched!

    Occoquan Bay NWR's eaglets hatched. The eagles are sensitive to human disturbance; please respect their space and obey posted closures.

    2014 Bald Eagle Nest Closure Map

  • Potomac Pullers

    Potomac Pullers Meeting May 3

    Potomac Pullers are volunteers focused on monitoring and management of non-native, invasive plants to protect and improve refuge habitat.

    Potomac Pullers Information

  • Youth Fishing Event (218x116)

    Annual Youth Fishing Event

    Learn to use a rod and reel with staff and volunteers at the Annual Youth Fishing Educational Event on Saturday, May 17 from 9am to noon.

    2014 Youth Fishing Event Details

  • Bullseye

    Aim High, Let 'em Fly!

    Be right on target with refuge staff and volunteers. Learn archery basics from the National Archery in the Schools Program.

    Archery Program Information

  • Owlchick RotatorPic

    Refuge Boosts Local Economy

    Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge generated $241,000 for local counties and cities and returned $584,000 in total economic efforts.

    Read how refuge visits stimulate sales and jobs.

Visit Occoquan Bay NWR

Plan Your Visit

Box Turtle - Credit Cindy Kreticos

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

Potomac River NWR 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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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  

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Around the Refuge

  • Bald Eagle Nest Closure

    Bald Eagle Nest

    A breeding pair of bald eagles has chosen Occoquan Bay NWR as their nesting site! The pair and their chicks are sensitive to human disturbance; therefore, portions of the refuge's trails are closed to all access. Please click the link below to view a map depicting the current eagle nest closure areas.

    2014 Bald Eagle Nest Closure Map
  • Youth Summer Employment


    The Youth Conservation Corps is a federally funded work-learn-earn program for youth ages 15 to 18 years aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the Nation's environmental and natural heritage. Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex is now accepting applications for Summer 2014.

    YCC Information and Application
  • Refuge Rules and Regulations

    •No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs •No Jogging •No Fishing •No Picnicking •For a complete list of rules, regulations, and hours of operation, click on the link below.

    Occoquan Bay NWR Refuge Rules and Regulations
  • Get Involved

    Volunteering working at the visitor center desk - USFWS.

    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.

    Get Involved
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., December Sunset - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014
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