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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


Around the Refuge

Current Conditions

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As of March 31, 2020, Visitor Center operations and Fisherman Island NWR tours are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Public parking areas and trails remain open.

Visitor Center and Other Closures

2020-2021 White-Tailed Deer Hunt

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The 2020-2021 White-Tailed Deer Hunt information is now available!

Big Game Hunting

Fisherman Island Tour

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

Watch Butterflies for Science!

2017 Pass Contest Winner

Here's a new citizen science opportunity for those wishing to help conserve monarch butterflies. Researchers need you to collect information about the places monarchs spend the night during fall migration. Interested? Check out the brochure, download the Collector for ArcGIS app and get started!

Monarch Migration Validator Brochure (pdf 1.5MB)
Visitor Activities

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.

Visitor Activities

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