Rules and Regulations

Grasslands at Occoquan Bay - Bill Wallen.

Hours of Operation

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round, 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.


Help staff ensure that wildlife has a place to grow and survive for future generations by respecting refuge rules and obeying posted signs.

Permitted Activities

  • Visitors must stay on posted trails. Wetlands, fields, and forests are for wildlife only.
  • Vehicles are allowed on posted roads and parking areas. 
  • Occupants must stay with their vehicles while touring the Wildlife Drive.
  • Bicycles are considered vehicles and may only access the entry road and wildlife drive.

Prohibited Activities

  • Pets in or out of vehicles
  • Picnicking 
  • Camping and fires
  • Jogging, In-line skates, and skateboards
  • Fishing from shoreline (fishing is allowed in Marumsco Creek from non-motorized watercraft)
  • Boat, kayak, and canoe landing or launching
  • Drones, fireworks, kite flying or objects launched into the air 
  • Audio devices disturbing to wildlife and people including electronic lures of any kind
  • Disturbing, introducing, or removing plants and animals, living or dead
  • Feeding wildlife
  • Entry into closed areas
  • Vehicles including bikes on foot trails
  • Use of alcohol and illegal substances