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.


What's Happening On the Refuge

Kids, Be a Nature Explorer!

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The “Nature Explorer Program” turns children into nature detectives who must complete tasks or answer questions about the refuge to earn an embroidered patch. Learn about this program and others by visiting our Just For Kids page.

Just For Kids

Know Before You Go

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Since hunting is permitted on nature trails, all visitors should wear blaze orange during hunting season (September 1 – the end of February). Bring your own insect repellent, drinking water and sunscreen as needed. Restrooms are located at the refuge office and Deer Run Trail.

Plan Your Visit


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There is wildlife to view year round at Erie National Wildlife Refuge! Grab your binoculars and camera and come see who you can spot.

Wildlife & Habitat
Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Erie Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The purpose of a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) is to specify a management direction for the refuge for the next 15 years.

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About the Complex

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Erie National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge 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