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Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge


11978 Turkle Pond Road
Milton, DE   19968
E-mail: fw5rw_phnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 302-684-8419
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook/
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge provides a living classroom for students of all ages. Through techer training and volunteer led field trips, an outing to the refuge can enhance learning about nature and management for wildlife. The refuge works with local schools to meet state mandated curriculum standards. If you are interested in these offerings, please write or call the refuge for additional information.

Prime Hook NWR partners with the Town of Milton on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in May to co-host the Annual Horseshoe Crab-Shorebird Festival in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

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Fishing
Tidal and non-tidal waterways, are open to sportfishing in accordance with State and Federal regulations. A wheelchair accessible fishing pier enhances fishing opportunities at Fleetwood Pond. Largemouth bass, pickerel, white perch and crappies are the most sought after and abundant species. Favorite fishing sites are Prime Hook Creek, Turkle Pond, and Fleetwood Pond. Also, Petersfield Ditch and Slaughter Canal are popular sites for crabbing and fishing where no boat is necessary.

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Hunting
Hunting of waterfowl, deer, upland game birds, and small game is permitted within season. Permits and special regulations apply. Please contact the refuge headquarters for specific information.

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Interpretation
Exhibits and films are available at the Visitor Contact Station; a small auditorium that seats about 25-30 is available for pre-scheduled programs. A sales outlet, courtesy of the Friends of Prime Hook NWR, is available with educational and interpretive materials. Interpretive pamphlets for hiking may also be picked up at the Visitor Contact Station.

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Wildlife Observation
Visitors may discover nature on a series of hiking trails spanning over 5 miles or from their vehicles along the four State roads crossing through the refuge. Avid photographers can enjoy the beauty of wildlife from a photography blind and wheelchair accessible observation platform at the refuge office.

Canoe enthusiasts have over 15 miles of streams and ditches to enjoy along Prime Hook Creek. Boating is permitted in tidal waters and Turkle and Fleetwood Ponds in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Several boat launching ramps are available to provide convenient access. Maps are available at refuge headquarters.

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Hours
Visitor Contact Station - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday (April 1 to Thanksgiving weekend. Limited hours on weekends after Thanksgiving.) Wildlife drive and outdoor facilities are open (year-round) 1/2 before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset.

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Entrance Fees
There is not an entrance fee, however the refuge does sell passes. Federal Duck Stamp - the cost is $15.00 per year and is valid from July 1 to June 30 the following year. The Federal Duck Stamp will admit you and your passengers into all National Wildlife Refuges. Interagency Annual Pass - the cost is $80.00 per year, valid from the time of purchase. Interagency Senior Pass - this lifetime pass costs $10.00 and is available to legal citizens or permanent residents aged 62 or older. Interagency Access Pass - this lifetime pass is free and is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are permantly disabled.
Private vehicle - 0.00
Pedestrian - 0.00
Bicyclist - 0.00
Commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers - 0.00
21 or more passengers - 0.00

Use Fees
Boat ramp - self service launch fees are $1.00 for daily use. A 50% discount is given to recipients of an Interagency Senior or Access Passport. Permit fees are required for hunting when in season. Please refer to refuge-specific hunting regulations for more information.
 
 
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