About the NWRS
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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Trail Notices ,etc.
The Portsmouth Ditch entrance is closed to visitors beginning at the Big Entry Bridge until next spring.
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--Washington Ditch and Jericho Ditch open sunrise to sunset
--Railroad Ditch (Wildlife Drive)
April 1-Sept 30:7a-6p
Oct 1-Mar 31:7:30a-4p Know Before You Go...
The Dismal Swamp Canal, the Feeder Ditch, and the Lake Drummond Reservation are closed until further notice due to damage from the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. The spillway and surrounding area are managed by the Norfolk office of the US Army Corps of Engineers but updates are posted at the following link to the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center.Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
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Summer is busy in the Great Dismal Swamp. There are many habitat management projects taking place or falling trees that may require brief temporary trail closings. The most current information is always available on the refuge facebook page. GDSNWR facebook page
A Hydrology based study to aid in future management of the refuge natural resources.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 30, 2016