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    Youth Summer Employment Opportunity

    The Refuge is accepting applications for the summer 2019 Youth Conservation Corps, a federal work-learn-earn program for youth ages 15 to 18

    YCC Application 2019

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    Visit the Bird Banding Station

    Watch our trained volunteer bird banders in action. Learn how and why we capture migratory birds. Banding operations are weather dependent.

    Bird Banding Station Information

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    Wildlife Drive and Trail Portions Closed

    The bald eagles returned! The nesting pair and chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring restricted access to roads and trails.

    Eagle Nest Buffer Map

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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.

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    Prescribed Fire to Benefit Habitat

    The refuge will be closed one to two days between April 1 and 15 to facilitate a prescribed burn. Click for information.

    Prescribed Fire Information

Around the Refuge

Youth Summer Employment


The Youth Conservation Corps is a federally funded work-learn-earn program for youth ages 15 to 18 years aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the Nation's environmental and natural heritage. Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex is now accepting applications for Summer 2019.

2019 YCC Application

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.

Bald Eagle Nest Trail and Widlife Drive Closures


The bald eagles returned to their nest! The pair and chicks are sensitive to human and vehicle disturbance requiring staff to restrict access to trails and roads in accordance with National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines. Click on the link for a refuge trail map.

Eagle Nest Buffer Map

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.

National Federal Lands Pass Purchase Information
Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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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