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Permits

Deer walking by a refuge welcome sign - Cindy Kreticos.

Group use of the refuge for education, research, or other activities is regulated to minimize conflict with other visitors and avoid pressure on sensitive habitats. Three different Special Use Permits (SUP) listed below enable the public to engage in activities on a national wildlife refuge. Visit the USFWS Permits Site to obtain permit application forms. A $20 processing fee may apply. Click here for frequently asked questions. 

  1. Commercial Activities
    Guiding hunters, anglers, or other outdoor users. Commercial filming audio, video, and photographic products of monetary value. Any activity that requires a fee for registration or participation.
  2. Research and Monitoring
    Research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other nonFWS organizations
  3. General Special Use
    Miscellaneous events, education activities, self guided groups of 10 or more, other activities not mentioned above. 

    Permit applications must be mailed to the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters Office at least three weeks in advance to allow for processing and scheduling.

    Potomac River NWR Complex
    12638 Darby Brooke Court
    Woodbridge, VA 22192
    (703) 490-4979
    potomacriverrefuges@fws.gov
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Last Updated: May 24, 2017
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