Alert - Visitor Center and Other Closures


  • Erie NWR Visitor Center is temporarily closed.
  • All refuge programming and events have been postponed until further notice.
  • The refuge trails remain open from sunrise to sunset.

Please stay on designated trails, all other areas of the refuge are closed to public access to minimize disturbance to nesting and resting wildlife. Please follow leave no trace and carry in/carry out guidelines to ensure the refuge stays clean and safe for the wildlife and other visitors.  


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.