Jr. Duck Stamp Contest Winner!
Congratulations to Tori Powers of Beckley, WV for your artwork being selected as the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Best of Show for West Virginia! Visit the refuge to see the winners in each age group!Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner!
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
We recently purchased two tracts of land in Williamstown that are right near the refuge that provide habitat for pollinators and migratory birds.Read the news release.
There are activities year-round at Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, fishing and hunting. Learn more about the various activities and the permits required at our Visitor Activities page.Visitor Activities
The refuge is a natural area. Be mindful of poison ivy, thorny plants, ticks, bees, and mosquitoes. Observe wildlife from a safe and respectful distance. Binoculars allow you to view wildlife closely without disturbing them. Learn more tips and points of interest on our Plan Your Visit page.Plan Your Visit
Forty species of native freshwater mussels live within the refuge waters on the Ohio River. This includes six federally endangered mussel species: fanshell, pink mucket, sheepnose, spectaclecase, snuffbox, and rayed bean. Mussels are important to the health of a river ecosystem. They are filter feeders, which helps reduce silt, sediment, and pollutants in the water.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Paden Island - Kent Mason.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2014