Refuge Alert


Current Conditions 


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increase public access to Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the refuge is beginning to safely increase access.

As of September 28, 2020, access to the refuge is as follows:

Eastern Neck Lodge (Visitor Contact Station) is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, dependent upon staffing availability.

All other outdoor areas of the refuge that are normally accessible to the public remain open, including roads, trails, Bogles Wharf boat landing, and public fishing areas.

We are excited to welcome you back but do ask that you follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state and local guidance.

All visitors are reminded to continue to follow recommended safety and social distancing guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Refuge Closed Dates

The refuge will be closed on the following dates for deer management hunts. During these hunts, only people possessing a valid hunt permit will be allowed on the refuge, with the exception of those visitors accessing the county boat ramp at Bogles Wharf.

September 25 & 26, 2020

October 26, 27, & 28, 2020

November 5 & 6, 2020

February 4, 2021