Current Conditions


Covid-19 Response

Updated 7/1/2020 

In accordance with the Executive Branch's Opening Up America Again plan, the refuge is following a phased response to the coronavirus. The Service places a priority on the health, safety and well-being of the public. This plan is federally supported, state driven and locally executed. Decisions are data-driven and informed by the best science from public health experts. Visitors are encouraged to know and follow CDC guidelines


For South Tract

The visitor center is currently not availableThe grounds and trails will remain open to visitors during our normal public hours. (The refuge will be closed 7/3/20 in observance of Independence Day. Ground will be open 7/4/20.)


For North Tract  

Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract is open and operating normally. (The refuge will be closed 7/3/20 in observance of Independence Day.The refuge will be open 7/4/20.)