Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Around the Refuge

Plan Your Visit

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The Visitor Center and offices will be closed December 5, 2018 to commemorate former President George H.W. Bush. The Wildlife Drive remains open. The refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails (2 handicapped accessible), three observation towers, wildlife photography, hunting opportunities, a variety of nature and educational programs, and interpretative displays. Visit our Plan Your Visit page to learn more about visiting the refuge. Cash or check is required to purchase permits and passes.

Plan Your Visit

For Educators

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Bombay Hook offers hands on nature studies for grades one through twelve, allowing students to experience the several habitats on the refuge – from tidal salt marsh to freshwater impoundments, upland fields, and forests. Learn more on our For Educators page.

For Educators
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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We have programs for the public throughout the year. Check out our Events Calendar to learn more!

Events Calendar

About the Complex

Coastal Delaware Complex

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Coastal Delaware Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS