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  • Rivershore Clean Up Saturday December 10

    Join Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and NoVAGo for the 3rd Annual Occoquan Bay Shoreline Clean Up! Click below for more details.

    2016 Rivershore Clean Up Details

  • Annual Deer Hunt Closures

    Occoquan Bay NWR is closed to visitors Saturday Dec. 3, Thursday Dec. 8, and Thursday Dec. 15 for the annual deer hunt management program.

Visit Occoquan Bay NWR

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.

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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.

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Around the Refuge

  • 2016 Occoquan Bay Deer Management Hunt

    International Deer Symbol

    Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual deer hunt program to manage the deer population. Refuge staff will administer hunts in December. Click the link below for more information.

    Click Here for Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunt Information
  • Refuge Rules and Regulations

    •No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs •No Fishing •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: Dec 01, 2016
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