COVID-19 Notice

Blue Goose (NEW)


The grounds at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge are open to the public. The Refuge Visitor Center and indoor restrooms are currently closed. Three portable restrooms are available for the public's use.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff are our highest priorities. The Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to COVID-19. We encourage all visitors to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include following routine precautions like washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying at home if you feel sick. Additional information on the Service’s response to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.fws.gov/home/public-health-update.html.


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 scheduled events have been postponed. 

Fee collection begins April 1. The daily entrance fee is $5.00/vehicle or $2.00/biker or hiker group. The refuge also honors the Federal Duck Stamp and America the Beautiful passes.