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.

Around the Refuge

2021 Hunting Regulations

Black Lab

Hunting regulations for the 2021-2022 Seasons will be posted as they become available. Follow the link below to the Visitor Activities Page to find hunting regulations.

Visitor Activities: Hunting
What's Happening

Hours & Trail Openings/Closings

Fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

Walking Trails: Esker Brook and South Spring Pool Trails are CLOSED. Seneca Trail is open until December 13, 2021. All walking trails will re-open December 22 - December 25, then close again December 26 - January 1. Outdoor facility hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Public restrooms are available at the beginning of the Seneca Trail. The Wildlife Drive is open April 1 through November 30, weather-permitting. Visitor Center is open April 1 through November 30. Visitor Center hours are 10 am - 3 pm, daily. Hours may vary, especially for the nature store, due to a lack of volunteer help. Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center when it is open. Walking and bicycling on the Drive is permitted from May 25 through August 15 only. Dog-walking is only permitted on the Seneca Trail. Jogging/running is not permitted anywhere on the refuge. Please do your part to keep your refuge clean and safe for the wildlife and for other visitors. Follow Leave No Trace and Carry in/Carry out practices as best as you can! Check out our Visitor Activities Page for more information!

Visitor Activities

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