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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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

Around the Refuge

Visiting Us During COVID-19

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Public parking areas and trails remain open. Visitor Center operations and Fisherman Island NWR tours are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Plan Your Visit during COVID-19

Fisherman Island Tour

Refuge Tour

Guided tours of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Visitor Activities

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There are activities year-round at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge including boating, wildlife observation, photography, hiking and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

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Will you comment on our Hunting & Fishing Plan?

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The draft of our Hunting and Fishing Plan is finished and we'd like comments from the public! The press release and draft document are available on our Hunting webpage. The comment period is open until July 6, 2021.

Hunting Webpage

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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