Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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Increasing access for fishing

Refuge manager Oscar Reed on what increasing access means for the refuge and visitors.

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Seeking Public Comment on Hunting and Fishing Plan

Updated: Bombay Hook NWR is seeking public review and comment on its proposed fishing opening and hunting expansion. The public is invited to review the draft documents for our proposed hunts, including the Draft Hunting and Fishing Plan, Compatibility Determination and Environmental Assessment. These documents will be available for a 45-day comment period from March 16th, 2020 until April 29th, 2020. The public meeting that was scheduled for March 24th, 2020, has been cancelled due to an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19. We will announce alternate arrangements when available. Click the link below to find more information and the documents for review.

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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.

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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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The refuge is open 1/2 before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. The Visitor Center and office are open Monday -Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and open on spring and fall weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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. Cash or check is required to purchase permits and passes.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Coastal Delaware Complex

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

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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