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.


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    Hunting Opportunities

    The refuge offers migratory game bird hunting from September 1 - February 28. Permits are available through Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR.

    Hunting info from Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR

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    Refuge Tour

    Guided tours are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Tour Details

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    New Hunting & Fishing Plan

    We just released a new Hunting and Fishing Plan! We are grateful to the people who provided meaningful comments on the draft. Your input helped us develop the final document and it's now available on our hunting and fishing webpage.

    Hunting & Fishing Webpage

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