COVID-19 Response FAQs

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Bombay Hook NWR COVID-19 Response FAQs

What is open/accessible?

The refuge is open daily from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. This includes the wildlife drive and five designated trails. The visitor center is currently closed.

Where can I get information about the refuge?

Information about the refuge is available on the refuge website and pamphlets are available in the visitor center foyer.

Are restrooms available?

There are two accessible portable toilets available. They are owned and regularly serviced by a local company. One is located in the parking lot of the visitor center and the other at the parking lot for Bear Swamp Trail.

When will the visitor center resume normal operations?

The Service is monitoring COVID-19 status and guidance provided by the State of Delaware in determining the reopening of the visitor center.

Where can I obtain passes? (Senior Lifetime, Senior Annual, Interagency Annual, Access and Military Passes)

The listed passes are available on the United States Geological Survey website (USGS) at:

What can I expect to see when I visit?

Large numbers of Canada geese have arrived. Snow geese are starting to appear. Duck numbers have increased as pintail, mallard and black ducks begin their fall migration. There are also coots, grebes and tundra swans Avocets and other shorebirds are here in good numbers. Common species include Canada geese, snow geese, gadwall, mallard, black duck, pintail, America widgeon, wood duck, northern shoveler, blue-winged and green-winged teal, scaup, bufflehead, ruddy duck, red-breasted and hooded merganser.