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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • 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.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Around the Refuge

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Interpretation, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Events on the Refuge


A draft compatibility determination for wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, environmental education, and outdoor events on the refuge is available for comments. A compatibility determination is the result of a process whereby the Refuge Manager reviews a proposed use on a refuge and determines whether the use is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. If you'd like to submit a comment review the document below and send an email to

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Interpretation, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Events CD

Final Hunting and Fishing Plan Released

Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

To read the final plan and to learn more follow the link below.

Hunting and Fishing

New Trail Coming Soon


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with our partners at Prince William County Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service to construct a hiking and biking trail through Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Prince William County is anticipated to begin construction soon.

Click here for more Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail information

Know Before You Go

Refuge sign - USFWS.

Be sure to dress for the weather when visiting Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Biting insects are prevalent from April through October, so bring repellent. Poison ivy and northern copperheads are common, so stay out of high grass and watch your step on trails.

Plan Your Visit
Wildlife and Habitat

Wildlife and Habitat

Downy woodpecker - Cindy Kreticos.

Visitors may access a trail to view wildlife via a non-motorized boat landing. View the Wildlife and Habitat page to learn more about some of the common species on the refuge.

Learn More

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
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