About the Refuge

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS.

The refuge was established on December 27, 1962 as a sanctuary for migratory birds.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,285 acre island providing habitat for thousands of wintering waterfowl, including the tundra swan. Swans feed off of grasses in the river and narrows as do the waterfowl. Eastern Neck refuge supports a wide variety of habitats including brackish marsh, natural ponds, upland forest, and grasslands. The refuge holds the designation of Important Bird Areas by the Audubon Society. Over 240 bird species visit the refuge along with small mammals and many other wildlife species.

The refuge offers wonderful wildlife viewing and expansive views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay along 7 different trails. The Visitor Contact Station, located in a historic hunting lodge, is normally staffed daily by volunteers. The contact station features exhibits about the habitats and history of the refuge, as well as a gift shop operated by the nonprofit Friends of Eastern Neck. Fishing is permitted at Tundra Swan Boardwalk, Ingleside Recreation area (closed seasonally), and Bogles Wharf. Hunters enjoy fall deer hunting and a spring youth turkey hunt.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge brochure (2600 KB pdf)

Bird checklist brochure (2000 KB pdf)

History of Eastern Neck Island brochure (2400 KB pdf)

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex Fact Sheet (220 KB pdf)

Refuge map (170 KB pdf)