Visitor Center and other Refuge Closures

Updated June 16, 2020

 Update June 18, 2020  

  • Consistent with National, State, and local efforts to re-open public facilities in a safe and prudent manner considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the deCamp Wildlife Trail and Cedar Bonnet Island Trail at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Ocean County, NJ will re-open on Monday June 15, 2020. 
  • Public and staff safety is the number one priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We encourage wildlife refuge visitors to adhere to CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for social distancing (6 feet), group size limits, and wearing of facial coverings when appropriate.  
  • Refuge facilities remain closed until further notice, however, port-o-johns are now available at Headquarters across from the visitor information center. 
  • Refuge entrance fees have been reinstated.

 Update April 24, 2020 

  • The Cedar Bonnet Island Trail and the deCamp Wildlife Trail are closed temporarily as of April 24, 2020 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. These closures follow guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and social media channels. 

 Update March 27, 2020 

  • Edwin B. Forsythe's visitor information center is closed.
  • The refuge is open and the entrance fee is waived until further notice.
  • Restrooms on the refuge are closed until further notice.
  • All refuge programming and events have been postponed until further notice.


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.