Refuge Status

Visitor Center Closed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increasing public access to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the refuge is beginning to safely increase public access.  

As of August 21, 2020, access to the refuge is as follows:


  • Entire refuge road is open to motor vehicles (all the way to Sandy Point State Reservation).
  • Stage Island Trail & Pines Trail
  • Boat launch (for kayaks and canoes; located across the street from parking lot 1)
  • Limited restroom facilities at Lot 1, Sub-Headquarters and Hellcat Parking Lots.
  • Access points to the refuge beach are at Lots 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7


  • Visitor Center
  • Hellcat Boardwalk (due to construction)
We ask all refuge visitors to please follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state and local guidance. 

Please visit this site for updates. We look forward to seeing you soon!

CDC Guidance for Recreating in Outdoor Spaces

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Response to COVID19

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service