Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick



Increasing access for fishing

Refuge maintenance employee Sean Campbell on what increasing access means for the refuge and visitors.

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Around the Refuge

Sense of Wonder Art Contest

Monarch Butterfly

Express your love and appreciation of the refuge through photography, poetry, and other art media during this year-long celebration of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge's 50th anniversary.

Sense of Wonder Art Contest

Hunt Permits Available Online August 17

Hunting Promo

Refuge hunt permits will be available online beginning Monday, August 17, through Hunters must first create a RecAccess account in order to purchase a refuge hunt permit.

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Refuge Fishing Plan

Fisherman with Fish Promo

Interested in fishing at our refuge? We have just published our new fishing plan. Please visit our fishing page for more information.

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Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

Refuge 50th Anniversary Logo 200 px

Please enjoy this "Sense of Wonder in the Field" blog post by 2020 Youth Conservation Corps member Anavi Curtiss. As part of our year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration, our staff will be sharing their own personal experience in balancing their Sense of Wonder for nature and the Refuge with their research and fieldwork (background artwork courtesy of Danielle Lehoux/Lehoux Art).

50th Anniversary Blog Posts

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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