COVID-19 Information


Being safe on our refuges and hatcheries

We are proud to provide opportunities for safe, enjoyable outdoor 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 public health authorities on social distancing, exercising good hygiene and avoiding overcrowding:

  • Plan your visit outside of peak hours
  • If a parking lot is full when you visit, please continue on to another trail
  • Park only in designated areas
  • Keep your dog on a leash for the protection of your pet and other visitors
  • Please visit only if you are feeling healthy - we ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick
  • We discourage long-distance travel

We understand that the outdoors can 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 webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response.


Refuge lands remain open sunrise to sunset

Hiking trails remain open and the Wildlife Drive is open to vehicle access for the season. Portable toilets will not be available during the winter months.


Refuge Headquarters has changed its operations as of 3/20/20 

Refuge Headquarters 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 10/30/2020, Refuge Headquarters remains closed to the public.


Questions? Please email or call 1-218-768-2402 ext 100.