Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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The application period for 2019 farming permits is open now through November 27, 2018. Follow the link below to apply.

Farming Permit Applications

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