Facility Activities

A network of roads from the site’s military days forms the basis for trails and a wildlife drive. Approximately 4 miles of gravel roads are reserved for foot traffic only. Snow shoes and cross-country skis are allowed on these roads during snow events. The refuge also offers a 2 mile loop...

There is wildlife to see at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge during all seasons! Approximately 4 miles of gravel roads are open to the public for walking, and these roads lead to some excellent views of forest, grassland, wetland and open water habitats.  The refuge also...

The refuge features several environmental education sites including two outdoor pavilions, a 2.7 acre pond with a dock and ramp, and a floating boardwalk in a freshwater marsh. Environmental education activities are primarily self-guided field trips exploring topics prepared by the teacher....

Wildlife photography is an increasingly popular activity at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Search for grassland dwelling songbirds along our hiking trails in the spring and summer, or walk Deephole point road to catch a glimpse of waterfowl floating in rafts along the Potomac River....

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual white-tailed deer hunt to manage the deer population on the site. Hunts are generally scheduled for November and December, and individuals interested in participating must submit an application due in early September. Hunters will be...

Fishing is permitted in Marumsco Creek. It is allowed in accordance with State regulations subject to certain conditions. Please view our fishing information sheet for more details and map.

Biking is allowed along the paved roads, wildlife drive, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Signage is located at all other trail heads indicating where biking is not permitted.