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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


Around the Refuge

2020 Mason Neck Deer Management Hunt

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Each year staff hosts deer hunts in November and December to manage the refuge deer population. This year there will be no lottery for entry. Click the link below for more information.

Deer Management Hunt Information

Park Only In Designated Lots

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When visiting the Refuge and State Park please only park in designated parking lots. Fines will be issued to cars parked along the side of High Point Rd.

Know Before You Go

Sunset at the refuge - USFWS.

Make sure you come prepared when visiting the refuge - from April to October biting insects and ticks are prevalent, so bring bug spray! Also, keep an eye out for poison ivy and northern copperhead snakes. Learn more on our Plan Your Visit page.

Plan Your Visit

Visitor Activities

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There are activities year round at Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

Visitor Activities
Bald Eagles

American Bald Eagle

American bald eagle - USFWS.

At the time of the refuge's establishment in 1969, the number of nesting bald eagles pairs had plummeted to less than 500 in the lower 48 states.

Wildlife & Habitat

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck 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

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS