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


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