Visitor Center and Other Closures

  • Parker River NWR's visitor center is closed.
  • The refuge entrance gate is temporarily closed to motor vehicles.  However, pedestrians and cyclists ARE allowed to pass through the closed gate and enjoy the areas on the refuge that remain open.
  • Visitor amenities and facilities that remain open: 1. Wildlife Drive (e.g., refuge road); 2. Lot 1 boardwalk with access to beach; 3. Pines and Stage Island Trails; and 4. Bill Forward Bird Blind.
  • All restrooms on the refuge are closed until further notice.
  • All refuge programming and events have been postponed until further notice.
  • With the exception of a small patch of beach, accessible via the Lot 1 boardwalk, the entire refuge beach is closed to all public access due to the presence of breeding piping plovers, a shorebird protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

 Updated 4/17/2020 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, facilities managers in national wildlife refuges continue to do everything they can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.