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.

Around the Refuge

Visiting Us During COVID-19

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Public parking areas and trails remain open. Visitor Center operations and Fisherman Island NWR tours are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Plan Your Visit during COVID-19

Fisherman Island Tour

Refuge Tour

Guided tours of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Visitor Activities

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There are activities year-round at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge including boating, wildlife observation, photography, hiking and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

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Visitor Activities

Next steps for our Hunting & Fishing Plan

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The 3-month public comment period for our draft Hunting and Fishing Plan ended July 6th, 2021. We are now in the process of reviewing all submitted comments, developing responses, and incorporating any necessary changes as we finalize the plan. The draft document people commented on is available on our Hunting webpage.

Hunting Webpage

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