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.


Junior Duck Stamp Practice

2021 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Winners

Huge thank you to the students, teachers, and parents who made this contest possible. View the winners and their amazing artwork below.

2021 Junior Duck Stamp Winners List and Gallery

Around the Refuge

Comment Period Now Closed for Hunting Plan

Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

The 3-month public comment period for our draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment has ended. We are now in the process of reviewing all submitted comments, developing responses, and incorporating any necessary changes as we finalize the plan. We anticipate that the final plan, with our responses, will be available prior to September 1.

New Trail Coming Soon


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with our partners at Prince William County Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service to construct a hiking and biking trail through Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Prince William County is anticipated to begin construction soon.

Click here for more Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail information

Visitor Activities

Refuge trail - USFWS.

Public access by land to Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is unavailable due to a railroad crossing. However, visitors may enter the refuge via a non-motorized boat landing. Check out our Visitor Activities page for more information about how to visit the refuge.

Visitor Activities

Know Before You Go

Refuge sign - USFWS.

Be sure to dress for the weather when visiting Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Biting insects are prevalent from April through October, so bring repellent. Poison ivy and northern copperheads are common, so stay out of high grass and watch your step on trails.

Plan Your Visit
Wildlife and Habitat

Wildlife and Habitat

Downy woodpecker - Cindy Kreticos.

Visitors may access a trail to view wildlife via a non-motorized boat landing. View the Wildlife and Habitat page to learn more about some of the common species on the refuge.

Learn More

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR 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