Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

Around the Refuge

Winter Walks

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Want to see more of Eastern Neck NWR? Sign up for one of our Winter Walks!

Winter Walks 2018-19

Refuge Hunt Days

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Notice!! The refuge will be closed on the following days for deer management hunts.

Click here for dates.

Visitor Activities

Archery on the refuge - USFWS.

There are activities for the whole family year-round at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, hunting, environmental education, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities

Get Involved

Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

The refuge draws a lot of strength and support from our volunteers. People have contributed a couple hours a month to nearly a hundred hours a month. Every piece counts to make a refuge whole. Check out the Get Involved page to learn about ways to volunteer at the refuge.

Get Involved
What's Happening

Refuge Is Open!

We’ve heard from many people recently asking if we are closing Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. We are not. The Service has decided to continue to staff a position at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge remains open for hunting, fishing, bird watching, and other wildlife-dependent activities.

News Release

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
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