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  • Bird Banding

    Visit the Bird Banding Station

    Watch our trained volunteer bird banders in action. Learn how and why we capture migratory birds. Banding operations are weather dependent.

    Bird Banding Station Information

  • Plant Removal

    Invasive Plant Removal Volunteers Needed

    Need community service hours? Want to help save Virginia's natural ecosystem? We've got the perfect opportunity for you. Click for details.

    Invasive Plant Eradication

  • Lone Eagle

    Mason Neck Eagle Festival

    Join us at our sister refuge, E.H. Mason Neck, for the 2017 Eagle Festival on Saturday May 20th. Click below for more information.

    2017 Eagle Festival

  • Bald Eagle Nest

    Wildlife Drive and Trail Portions Closed

    The bald eagles returned to their nest! The pair and chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring staff to restrict access to trails.

    2017 Eagle Nest Trail Closure

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    Welcome, Trainers, to Occoquan Bay NWR!

    Look around, Pokemon aren’t the only creatures you’ll see! Refuge hours are 7am to 7pm. Stay on trails; don’t trespass into closed areas.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Box Turtle - Credit Cindy Kreticos

There are things to see at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge year-round! Plan your trip to the refuge by dressing for the weather, bringing insect repellant and watching out for poison ivy. Visit the link below to learn more about visiting the refuge.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

In 1998, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Occoquan Bay NWR, and Featherstone NWR, were reorganized into the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Occoquan Bay is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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Around the Refuge

  • Youth Summer Employment

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    The Youth Conservation Corps is a federally funded work-learn-earn program for youth ages 15 to 18 years aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the Nation's environmental and natural heritage. Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex is now accepting applications for Summer 2017.

    2017 YCC Application
  • Refuge Rules and Regulations

    •No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs •No Fishing • No boat landing or launching •For a complete list of rules, regulations, and hours of operation, click on the link below.

    Occoquan Bay NWR Refuge Rules and Regulations
  • Volunteers Needed!

    Volunteering working at the visitor center desk - USFWS.

    Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures. Learn more about volunteering at the refuge on our Get Involved page.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., December Sunset - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017
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