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Marsh Restoration

Marsh Restoration

Salt marsh - USFWS.

Restoration to back-barrier salt marsh habitats from currently degraded open water conditions will rely on re-building dunes, restoring edaphic factors, hydrological and salinity regimes needed to support the natural recolonization of smooth saltmarsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.

Read the latest marsh restoration updates.


Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Front cover of the CCP - USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final CCP for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The CCP will serve as a guide for managing wildlife conservation and visitor services programs on the refuge for the next 15 years. Visit the CCP page to learn more about the planning process and to download the CCP.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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.

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Around the Refuge

  • Upcoming Events

    Horseshoe Crab Interpretation

    Check out our events page for upcoming refuge programs and activities to connect you and your family with nature!

    Upcoming Events at Prime Hook
  • Closure of Eastern Portion of Prime Hook Creek

    Effective immediately, the easternmost three miles of Prime Hook Creek is closed indefinitely for safety reasons due to low water levels. The westernmost four miles of the creek will remain open for use by anglers, wildlife observers, and nature photographers using boats, canoes, and kayaks. Access to Prime Hook Creek is now only from the boat ramps located near Route 1 at Brumbley’s Family Park and at the Prime Hook Wildlife Area on Little Neck Road. The boat ramp at the refuge office is closed; however, fishing by shore is still permitted along the Dike Trail.

    Map of Prime Hook Creek Closure
  • Prescribed Burning - A Success!

    Prescribed Burning Promo2

    Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Zone Fire Staff from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, local fire departments, and the Delaware Forest Service, successfully burned 90 acres of successional field habitat on April 11, 2014. Prescribed burning sets back succession to early stages to benefit grassland dwelling birds, counteracts against undesired plant species and removes accumulated wildland hazardous fuels as planned in the refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The use of prescribed fire is an effective and cost efficient method to accomplish these objectives.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014
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