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Features

  • Back-barrier Salt Marsh

    Marsh and Water Monitoring Network

    Stay up to date with roadside water levels.

    Prime Hook NWR Marsh and Water Monitoring Network

  • Hunting

    Preseason Lottery Hunting Applications

    Applications will be available August 29 for lottery deer and September 1 for lottery waterfowl hunting.

    Press Release

  • Delmarva Fox Squirrel

    Delisting of the Delmarva Fox Squirrel

    Delmarva Fox Squirrel Leaps off Endangered Species List after a half century of conservation efforts.

    News Release - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Closure of Portions of Prime Hook Creek

    The easternmost four miles of Prime Hook Creek will be closed from Sept 1,2016 - March 15, 2017, during the waterfowl hunt season.

    Press Release & Map

Marsh Restoration

Marsh Restoration

Salt marsh - USFWS.

Restoration to back-barrier salt marsh habitats from currently degraded open water conditions will rely on re-building dunes, restoring edaphic factors, hydrological and salinity regimes needed to support the natural recolonization of smooth saltmarsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.

Read the latest marsh restoration updates.

Planning

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Front cover of the CCP - USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final CCP for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The CCP will serve as a guide for managing wildlife conservation and visitor services programs on the refuge for the next 15 years. Visit the CCP page to learn more about the planning process and to download the CCP.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Around the Refuge

  • Upcoming Events

    Horseshoe Crab Interpretation

    Check out our events page for upcoming refuge programs and activities to connect you and your family with nature!

    Upcoming Events at Prime Hook
  • Delmarva Fox Squirrel Sightings

    Delmarva Fox Squirrel

    Have you seen one of these? We are mapping the sightings of the Delmarva fox squirrel. The Delmarva fox squirrel has recently been delisted and is no longer classified as a Federally endangered or threatened species. However, monitoring of this species will continue for 10 years to insure it is still doing well. We are mapping the distribution of this animal and are looking for photos or observations you may have made while visiting the refuge. If you have seen a fox squirrel please print the attached sighting report and turn it into the Visitor Contact Station located at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE. 19968, or call 302-684-8419 if you have any questions.

    Delmarva Fox Squirrel sighting report
  • 2016 - 2017 Hunting Regulations

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    Deer and Upland Game Hunting regulations are now available. Please visit our hunting page for all the details.

    Hunting Information
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016

Events

  • 2016 Nature Photography Contest & Exhibition

    PhotoContest_EventAugust 01, 2016 - December 11, 2016

    Have some great photos? The Friends of Prime Hook will be accepting entries now until October 16. Please see flyer for contest rules.

    2016 Photography Contest Flyer
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