Rules and Regulations

Forest at Mason Neck refuge - USFWS.

Hours of Operation

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round, including federal holidays, from 7AM - 5PM October 1- March 31 and 7AM-7PM from April 1 - September 30. Staff temporarily closes the refuge during managed deer hunts in November and December. Call the headquarters office or check this website for scheduled closures.


Help staff ensure that wildlife has a place to grow and survive for future generations by respecting refuge rules and obeying posted signs.

Permitted Activities

  • Visitors must stay on posted trails. Wetlands, fields, and forests are for wildlife only.
  • Vehicles are allowed on posted roads and parking areas.
  • Bicycles are permitted on High Point Trail.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash and under your control at all times.

Prohibited Activities

  • Fishing from shoreline (fishing is allowed only from non-motorized watercraft in Great Marsh)
  • Boat, kayak, and canoe launching or landing
  • Picnicking, camping, and fires
  • Jogging, in-line skates, and skateboards
  • Drones, fireworks, kite flying or objects launched into the air
  • Audio devices disturbing to wildlife and people including electronic lures of any kind
  • Disturbing, introducing, or removing plants and animals, living or dead
  • Removal of cultural objects such as arrowheads, bones, or bottles
  • Feeding wildlife
  • Entry into closed areas