Refuge Status


Current Conditions 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to ensure safe public access to Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. As of August 1, 2021, access to the refuge is as follows:

Eastern Neck Lodge (Visitor Contact Station) is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm (See holiday schedule below). Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older) who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Because the local area currently has a substantial rate of COVID transmission, masks must be worn in the Eastern Neck Lodge by everyone, and in any other part of the refuge when social distancing cannot be achieved.

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.

Please check back here for updates, or see our Facebook page.

There are portable toilets available at the Tubby Cove parking area and Bogle's Wharf boat landing. Though we do our best to keep these toilets stocked, we suggest that you always come prepared with your own TP.

We ask that you continue to 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.

Tundra Swan Boardwalk Closed 

For safety reasons, the Tundra Swan Boardwalk is closed while recently discovered structural issues can be assessed and repaired. At this time, we do not know when it will reopen, as we do not yet know the extent of repairs.

We appreciate your patience while we work to address some of the maintenance backlog at Eastern Neck.

Scheduled Closures

The entire refuge will be closed to general visitation on the following dates for deer management hunts (with the exception of access to Bogles Wharf for the sole purpose of launching boats):

Thursday, February 3, 2022