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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Around the Refuge
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
•No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs
• 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
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.
Ospreys are one of the most common bird species seen at Occoquan Bay NWR during spring and summer. They return in early March to re-form pair bonds and establish breeding territories. Breeding pairs can be observed nesting on platforms located throughout the refuge.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., December Sunset - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017