• Occoquan Bay Eaglets 2014

    Wildlife Drive Open!

    Occoquan Bay NWR's eaglet has learned to fly. The wildlife drive and trails are now open to visitor use as normal.

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    Coming Soon: New Refuge Office!

    Construction of a new, on site staff office and visitor information facility will begin in March 2019. See below for more information.

Around the Refuge

2019 Occoquan Bay Deer Management Hunt

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Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual deer hunt program to manage the deer population. Refuge staff will administer hunts in November and December. Click the link below for more information.

Click Here for Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunt Information

Refuge Rules and Regulations

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•No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs •No Fishing • No boat landing or launching •For a complete list of rules, regulations, and hours of operation, click on the link below.

Occoquan Bay NWR Refuge Rules and Regulations

National Federal Lands Pass Purchases

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Annual and Lifetime passes are not sold on the refuge. Passes are sold online or at our Headquarters Office by appointment only. Call 703-490-4979 x 2011

National Federal Lands Pass Purchase Information

Coming Soon! New Refuge Office and Multi-Purpose Facility


Service staff and the general public will soon enjoy a new administrative facility on the Occoquan Bay NWR. After a year-long design effort with an architectural/engineering team, a construction contract was awarded for the new multi-purpose facility at Potomac River NWR Complex. The 5,417 square foot building highlights historic local architectural elements, views of nature, and energy efficiency. The refuge staff will enjoy a long awaited on-site headquarters, and state-of-the-art 1,533 square foot multi-purpose and reception rooms for public events. Construction is expected to begin in March 2019.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Box Turtle - Credit Cindy Kreticos

There are things to see at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge year-round! Plan your trip to the refuge by dressing for the weather, bringing insect repellant and watching out for poison ivy. Visit the link below to learn more about visiting the refuge.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Occoquan Bay 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


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