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  • Bullseye

    Aim High, Let 'em Fly!

    Be right on target! Learn archery basics with refuge staff from the National Archery in the Schools Program. Children and adults welcome.

    Archery Program Information

  • Occoquan Bay Eaglets 2014

    The Eaglets Fledged!

    Occoquan Bay NWR's eaglets learned to fly and occasionally revisit the nest to feed. The trails are now open to visitor use as normal.

  • 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

  • Aim High, Let 'Em Fly

    Bow and Arrow

    Be right on target! Learn archery basics with refuge staff through the National Archery in the Schools Program. Sign-up for one of four available class sessions. Children and adults welcome.

    Archery Program Information
  • 2014 Occoquan Bay Deer Management Hunt

    International Deer Symbol

    Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual deer hunt program to manage the deer population. Refuge staff will administer a three day hunt in December and January. Click the link below for more information.

    Click Here for Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunt Information
  • 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: Jul 02, 2014
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