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

Refuge Tour

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

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


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