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  • Occoquan Bay Snow (Credit: Bill Wallen)

    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.

  • Bald Eagle Nest

    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

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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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

  • Bald Eagle Nest Trail and Widlife Drive Closures

    Bald Eagle Nest

    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
  • Refuge Rules and Regulations

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

    Occoquan Bay NWR Refuge Rules and Regulations
  • Volunteers Needed!

    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.

    2015 Volunteer Opportunities
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., December Sunset - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2016
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