Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

Around the Refuge

2018 White-Tailed Deer Hunt

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The 2018 White-Tailed Deer Hunt information is now available!

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Get Involved

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Love the outdoors and can't get enough? There are many ways to get involved on the refuge! Learn about our friends group, volunteering, workamping and internships on our Get Involved page.

Get Involved

16 Inch Gun Barrel

16 Inch Gun Barrel

Come visit a little piece of history on the refuge! This WWII gun barrel used to be on the U.S.S. Missouri during WWII and the Korean War. Now it sits in our bunker located on the Wildlife Trail. Come touch a piece of history!

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Visitor Activities

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.

Visitor Activities

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.

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