National Wildlife Refuge
|1730 Eastern Neck Road
Rock Hall, MD 21661
Phone Number: 410-639-7056
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|Bald Eagles at Eastern Neck NWR. USFWS/Heffley/2007|
Teachers, scouting groups and other organizations are welcome to take advantage of the refuge for educational opportunities.
The Eastern Neck Narrows bridge and Tundra Swan Boardwalk are popular sites for fishing; State license requirements apply. Cars with trailered boats may use the County-administered boat ramp at Bogles Wharf (County permit required for boat-trailers). Crabbing is permitted from the entrance bridge, Tundra Swan Boardwalk and at the Ingleside Recreation Area. The refuge holds a Fishing Derby each June for youth (15 years old and younger).
The refuge holds annual deer hunts in the fall. A refuge hunt permit is required, and hunters are chosen by lottery; the application fee is $10 ($5 for hunters with a Golden Age or Golden Access permit). A turkey hunt is offered each spring for youth (ages 10 through 15).
Interpretive exhibits and literature are available at various kiosks on the island, as well as at the refuge visitor contact station located in the Lodge.
Opportunities for wildlife observation and photography abound year-round at Eastern Neck NWR. Six walking trails encompass the refuge's major habitat types, and provide closeup views of Eastern Neck NWR's healthy and diverse fauna and flora.
Refuge roadways offer great bicycling!
A universally accessible boardwalk with observation deck and the BayView/Butterfly Trail with waterfront deck and photo blind are favorites with visitors. A "Tundra Swan" boardwalk is located at the start of the island and offers two viewing scopes.
A new boardwalk and observation blind are available behind the Lodge building. This overlooks a tidal marsh and offers a fantastic view of Kent Island.
Refuge Headquarters -- Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Trails and other outdoor facilities -- Open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round.
The Friends of Eastern Neck's bookstore (located in the Lodge) -- Open seven days a week. Winter hours: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. At other times of the year: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
No entrance fee is charged at Eastern Neck NWR. Federal Duck Stamps are sold at the refuge's headquarters, but are not necessary as an entrance pass.
Hunt application fees are $10 per applicant. Golden Age Passport holders and Golden Access Passport holders are entitled to 1/2 price application fee, or $5 each.
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