Twenty miles south of Washington, D.C., where the Potomac meets the Occoquan River, lies Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge: an oasis for migratory birds and busy city residents seeking a quiet escape from development.


Volunteers Needed

Occoquan Bay is looking for volunteers. To find out more about what types of volunteer positions we have available, click on the "Get Involved" tab on the left. 

Visit Us

There is so much to see at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, all year-round! Check out what our refuge has to offer before visiting, and be sure to prepare for the elements, so you can make the most out of your trip. See the link below to learn more about our rules and regulations and visiting the refuge.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Learn more about our mission, purpose and history on our About Us page.

      What We Do

      Learn about our management practices, comprehensive conservation planning, research projects, and more on the What We Do page.

      Our Species

      The diverse upland and wetland habitats of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge support a wide variety of resident and migratory wildlife, including over 200 species of birds, 79 species of butterflies, and 77 species of Dragonflies and Damselflies. Visit the link below to learn more about the species that call Occoquan Bay home!

      Our Library

      Get Involved

      Interested in getting involved with what we do at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge? Visit the link below to learn more.

      Projects and Research

      Management of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is focused primarily on protecting habitat for migratory birds and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from dedicated volunteers, conducts several ongoing surveys to monitor the wildlife and vegetation on the refuge, and ensure the refuge is meeting its conservation goals.  Visit our Projects and Research page to learn more.