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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

  • Hunt and Fish Plan Available for Comment

    The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Hunting and Fishing Plan is now available for public comment.

    News Release

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    2020 - 2021 Hunting Regulations

    The 2020 - 2021 hunting regulations and maps are now available.

    Visitor Activities Page

Around the Refuge

Comment Period Now Closed for Hunting and Fishing Plan

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The 3-month public comment period for our draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment has ended. We are now in the process of reviewing all submitted comments, developing responses, and incorporating any necessary changes as we finalize the plan. We anticipate that the final plan, with our responses, will be available prior to September 1.

Update on the Status of Trails at Cape May NWR, Two Mile Beach Unit

The U. S. Coast Guard property, which sits on the southern boundary of Cape May NWR's Two Mile Beach Unit, is now closed permanently to the public. The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security closed their beach primarily for safety and liability reasons. There are no safeguards, lifeguards or safety infrastructure as is required for safe access. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers trails and observation platform areas for the public to enjoy views of this beach without violating the closure.

Visitor Activities

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There are activities for the whole family year-round at Cape May National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, hunting, environmental education, interpretation, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn the best places to visit on the refuge.

Visitor Activities

Know Before You Go

Winter on the refuge - Friends of Cape May NWR.

The refuge is subject to seasonal variations in weather and temperature and home to biting insects. Be sure to bring insect repellent, sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing. Check out our Plan Your Visit page to learn more.

Plan Your Visit
What's Happening

Get Involved

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Volunteers play a huge role at Cape May National Wildlife Refuge - potential assignments include horseshoe crab tagging, invasive plant species removal, greeting visitors, nature walks and trail maintenance. Visit the Get Involved page to learn more about volunteering on the refuge.

Get Involved

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