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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.

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Trail Notices ,etc.

  • Jericho Lane Entrance Temporary Closure

    The Jericho Lane entrance into the refuge will be closed through mid-summer (2017) due to installation of new water control structures in the area.

  • Portsmouth Ditch Entrance Closed Through the Summer

    The Portsmouth Ditch entrance is closed to visitors beginning at the refuge entrance on Martin Johnson Road, Chesapeake, Va. Refurbishing of the entrance road is expected to be completed by late-summer, 2017. At that time, the area will re-open for visitor use.

  • Lake Drummond Reservation Closed

    The Dismal Swamp Canal, the Feeder Ditch, and the Lake Drummond Reservation are closed due to damage from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. It is anticipated the repairs will be completed by late June, 2017. If you need more information, please contact the Norfolk office of the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 23, 2017
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