COVID-19 Information

Being safe on our refuges and hatcheries

We are proud to provide opportunities for safe, enjoyable experiences at many of our national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries during the coronavirus pandemic.

If visiting one of our locations, please #RecreateResponsibly and follow guidance from the CDC and state and local health authorities on social distancing, exercising good hygiene and avoiding overcrowding:

  • Plan your visit outside peak hours
  • If a parking lot is full when you visit, please do not stop
  • Pack out everything, including pet waste
  • Keep your dog on a leash for the safety of your pet and other visitors
  • Please only visit if you are feeling well - we ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick
  • We discourage long-distance travel

We understand that the outdoors can help relieve stress, but these guidelines must be followed for our public health and safety. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. For more information visit our website, FWS Coronavirus Response.


Refuge lands remain open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset

The portable restroom at the Platte River Trail parking lot is open to the public and is scheduled for cleaning and restocking once a week. 

The Platte River Trail remains open for hiking, running and wildlife observation.

As long as social distancing and other CDC-recommended practices are observed, visiting a national wildlife refuge can be a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and avoid cabin fever.


Refuge Office has changed its operations as of 3/20/2020

The Refuge Office has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and public health authorities. Updates will be posted here on the refuge website.

As of 10/20/2020, the Refuge Office remains closed to the public.


Questions? Please email or call 763-260-3078.