Visitor Center and Other Closures

  • At this time, the visitor center at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9AM to 4PM. Please note that only the lobby and nature store are open; the exhibit hall remains closed.
  • Refuge trails are open during daylight hours only.
  • Indoor restrooms on the refuge are closed until further notice; portable toilets are available onsite and are located in the parking lot. 
  • All onsite refuge programming and events have been postponed until further notice.


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, it is critically important to follow guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities on social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene. If a parking lot is full when you visit, please do not stop. We understand that the outdoors can help 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.