Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

Refuge News

Current Conditions

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Operations at the Eastern Neck Lodge are suspended as of March 20 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Trails and roads remain open.

Read the news release.

Visitor Activities

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There are activities for the whole family year-round at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities

Get Involved

Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

The refuge draws a lot of strength and support from our volunteers. People have contributed a couple hours a month to nearly a hundred hours a month. Every piece counts to make a refuge whole. Check out the Get Involved page to learn about ways to volunteer at the refuge.

Get Involved
What's Happening

Know Before You Go

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With 4 miles of paved roads and over 3 miles of trails, the refuge is a popular place to hike and ride bikes.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR 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