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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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.

Refuge News

Refuge Hunt Days

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Notice!! The refuge will be closed Thursday, February 3, 2022, for a deer management hunt.

Check the Refuge Alert page.

Current Conditions

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The Lodge (Visitor Contact Station) is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm (masks required). Trails and roads remain open daily sunrise to sunset.

Check the Refuge Alert page.

Winter Walks Are Back!

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

Find out more!

Visitor Activities

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

Visitor Activities
What's Happening

Waterfowl Survey

Male mallard duck

Interested in wintering waterfowl at the refuge? Check out the latest surveys conducted at Eastern Neck!

See the waterfowl surveys.

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