There are wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year at Featherstone refuge. Visit our Wildlife and Habitat page to learn more about some of the common species on the refuge.Wildlife & Habitat
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.
Featherstone is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.
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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.
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Around the Refuge
Be sure to dress for the weather when visiting Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Biting insects are prevalent from April through October, so bring repellent. Poison ivy and northern copperheads are common, so stay out of high grass and watch your step on trails.Plan Your Visit
Public access to Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is limited due to the railroad, though recenty a non-motorized boat landing was constructed for public use. Check out our Visitor Activities page for more information about how to visit the refuge.Visitor Activities
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 on our Get Involved page.Get Involved
American black ducks have been observed using Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge year-round. The ducks congregate within Farm Creek, which provides highly suitable sheltered emergent wetlands. This preserved habitat is especially important for black ducks since the species is suffering from loss of breeding and wintering grounds throughout their range.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Mouth Farm Creek - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2013