A pink sunrise at Occoquan Bay NWR - Bill Wallen.

Visit the Refuge:
13950 Dawson Beach Road
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Refuge Headquarters Office (Located on Occoquan Bay NWR):

Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
14050 Dawson Beach Road
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Phone: (703) 490-4979
Fax: 703-490-5631 


Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located on the east side of Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia, at the junction of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. From Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) in Woodbridge, proceed east on Dawson Beach Road ¾ miles to the refuge entrance gate at the end of the road.

Public Transit Directions

The Woodbridge Amtrak Station, serving Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) trains, and local Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) bus services, is located off of Dawson Beach Road about ¾ miles from the Visitor Contact Station and one mile from the refuge’s central parking area. From the Woodbridge station, turn left onto Dawson Beach Road and continue straight to the refuge entrance.

VRE allows bikes only on certain trains, generally those outside of daily rush hours. Please see for more information. Local PRTC buses are equipped with bike racks. Amtrak requires that bikes be partially disassembled and shipped as baggage for an additional fee. Bike parking racks are provided at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge central lot.

Hours of Operation

Occoquan Bay 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 December and January. Call the headquarters office or check this website for scheduled closures.