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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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


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