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.


Explore the Refuge

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

Hillside NWR is proposing minor changes to the hunt program through the 2020-2021 regulatory process. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Kate Harrigan, National Chief of Hunting and Fishing, at

Proposed Minor Changes

Alligator Slough Boardwalk

Alligator Slough Boardwalk

Planning a visit to Hillside NWR? Be sure to include the Alligator Slough Boardwalk! From the boardwalk, you will have beautiful views of a cypress slough and plenty of opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife. Please follow the link below for more information about planning your visit to the refuge!

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About the Refuge

Wildlife and Habitat

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Hillside NWR has a great diversity of wildlife species and habitats. From steep loess bluffs to bottomland swamps, Hillside NWR is truly unique. Want to learn more? Follow the link below!

Wildlife and Habitat

About the Complex

Theodore Roosevelt Complex

Hillside National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Complex.

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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