Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
3982 Waverly RoadWilliamstown, WV 26187Telephone: (304)-375-2923Email: OhioRiverIslands@fws.govDirections to Visitor Center
Directions to Islands
Most of the refuge’s property is accessible only by boat. Public boat ramps are at various locations along the Ohio River providing a launching point to the islands. Mainland properties as well as Middle and Wheeling islands have road access. Visit our Refuge Access page to learn more.
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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.