The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3982 Waverly Rd in Williamstown, WV and is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.Plan Your Visit to the Refuge
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.
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- April 14, 2017
The Native American groups that called this part of the country home are often overlooked. But their history and culture are fascinating. Understanding how the people who first called this land home lived from day to day adds a richness to life for those who live here now. Come all day or for just an hour or two; either way, you're sure to discover something amazing!Learn more about the event!
- March 29, 2017
Many species of bird, from hummingbirds to bald eagles, nest and live on the Refuge. Join a Refuge naturalist and experienced birder for a guided walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the Refuge's greatest treasures - the birds!I want to see some birds!
- March 25, 2017
Middle Island, located near St. Marys, West Virginia, is one of 22 islands making up Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the largest islands on the Refuge, and is covered with beautiful meadows and bottomland forest. Several miles of maintained trails allow visitors to explore the island, and as one of only two Refuge islands that can be accessed by road, it is a popular and very special destination for visitors. Beginning this June, the bridge to the island will be closed for significant renovation.Bridge to Middle Island Will Temporarily Close
- March 24, 2017
On Thursday, March 23rd, the Refuge hosted the West Virginia Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. Congratulations to 16 year old Huntington High School student Jasmine Williams, who won Best of Show in the 2017 West Virginia Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design contest!
The contest is the culmination of the larger, national environmental education curriculum.View article and full contest results!
Forty six species of native freshwater mussels live within the refuge waters on the Ohio River. This includes five federally endangered mussel species: fanshell, pink mucket, sheepnose, northern riffleshell, and clubshell. Mussels are important to the health of a river ecosystem. They are filter feeders, which helps reduce silt, sediment, and pollutants in the water.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Paden Island - © Kent Mason
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017