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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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

What's Happening

Expanded Eligibility for Military Pass!

November 11, 2020 Military Pass - 2021

Beginning Veteran's Day 2020, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt expanded eligibility for the America the Beautiful Military Pass, to include veterans and Gold Star Families. Veterans may obtain a pass at Back Bay NWR by presenting a DOD ID card, a Veteran Health ID Card, a Veteran ID Card or a driver's license with a veteran's designation. At this time passes are available at the Refuge Headquarters building on Tuesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Please call (757)301-7329 ext. 3102 to schedule an appointment.

Military Pass Press Release

5th Grade Entrance Pass

November 16, 2020 Fishing Clinic (Donated Rods)

Fifth graders and their families are eligible for free entrance to federal lands for the 2020-2021 school year! The program is similar to Every Kid Outdoors for 4th graders, except there is no physical pass the student will receive for their voucher. For more details and to print a voucher see the Kids in Parks website.

Kids in Parks

Seasonal Dike Closure

November 1, 2020 QR Promo - Gadwall

On November 1 the East and West Dike trails close to decrease disturbance in this area for wintering migratory waterfowl. The Raptor Trail, Kuralt Trail, Seaside Trail and main gravel trail to the Wildlife Viewing Window remain open. Additionally, access to False Cape State Park is available along the beach. No fees are charged at this time of year. Appointments may be made to purchase Annual passes, Federal Duck Stamps, and America the Beautiful passes by calling (757) 301-7329 x3102. NOTE: False Cape State Park campers will need to hike on the beach, beginning at the Refuge's Visitor Center to access the state park campgrounds.

eBird Trail Tracker

Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!

eBird Trail Tracker
For Educators

Every Kid Outdoors

EKO Logo Color Web Feature

A new school year has begun, which means a new group of 4th grade students are eligible for an Every Kid Outdoors pass! This free pass covers entrance fees for 4th graders and their families to any federal land in the country. To obtain a pass go to the Every Kid Outdoors website (link below), complete an activity, print a voucher and bring the refuge. We will exchange a pass for your voucher. We hope to see you soon!

Every Kid Outdoors Website

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