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Point of Interest
The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge provides 642 acres of opportunity for the visiting public to participate in wildlife dependent recreation. Opportunities include Wildlife Observation, Wildlife Photography, Hunting, Interpretation and Environmental Education. Chat with volunteers about the season’s visiting wildlife and upcoming events or programs at our Visitor Contact Station, open weekends. View wildlife via foot, bike or vehicle on established roads, trails, and auto tour routes designed to accommodate such uses. Use our interpretative kiosks and information booths to help you choose a trail or route for exploration. Capture habitat and wildlife images at our photo blind on Marumsco Creek or observation platform overlooking the Potomac River. Occoquan Bay NWR offers something for every visitor!
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.
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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.