Current Conditions



 Covid-19 Response

All individuals over the age of two years must wear masks indoors in common areas and shared workspaces in all federal buildings and facilities owned or leased by the Service regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.

Visitors over the age of two years must wear masks in the locations listed below, except when actively eating or drinking. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks with ventilation valves and face shields do not meet the mask requirement. Masks should not be worn by children younger than two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Response 

    Areas Requiring Masks for Visitors :

  • All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including, but not limited to, visitor centers, administrative offices and gift shops
  • The following outdoor areas when others are present and social distancing cannot be maintained:
    • Outdoor areas adjacent to visitor centers or administrative office entry areas
    • Parking lots or pull-off viewing areas when outside of an enclosed vehicle
    • Trailheads, trails, rest areas, fishing piers, boat ramps and close proximity hunting areas 
South Tract 
The visitor center is currently available. Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The grounds and trails will remain open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. See schedule 
North Tract
Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract has a self-serve registration. During inclement weather the registration is inside. Masks are required. Please read this safety notice about unexploded ordnance and active gun ranges. 

Weather Line

The refuge operate an inclement weather hotline. This is the best way to obtain up to date information on the states trail and facilities due to weather events. 301-497-5763