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  • Notice To Refuge Visitors - June 12, 2014

    Visitors are reminded that access for wildlife observation, photography, and fishing is only allowed in designated areas of the refuge and from designated access points.

    Visitors may not canoe, kayak or boat in Unit 2 (the area between Fowler Beach Road and Prime Hook Beach Road). In Unit 3 (the area between Prime Hook Beach Road and Broadkill Beach Road), visitors who are canoeing, kayaking, or boating, are restricted to the mainstem of Prime Hook Creek. In Unit 1 (the area between Fowler Beach Road and Slaughter Beach Road), visitors must stay within the mainstem of Slaughter Canal.

    Currently, the easternmost three miles of Prime Hook Creek is closed indefinitely for safety reasons due to low water levels. Access to Prime Hook Creek is only from the boat ramps located near Route 1 at Brumbley’s Family Park, at the Prime Hook Wildlife Area on Little Neck Road, and at Foords Landing in the Headquarters Area. The boat ramp at the Refuge Office is currently closed.

    Please call the refuge office at 302.684.8419 if you have any questions. 

  • 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 Closure on Prime Hook Creek 

  • Impacts from Hurricane Sandy

    On October 28 and 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy dealt a blow to many Atlantic coastal communities, including residents of Prime Hook, Del., and to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
    - The storm caused significant flooding in the Prime Hook Beach community.
    - It also significantly widened a breach in the dune line of Unit II of Prime Hook NWR.

    Learn more in our press release (pdf)

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2014
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