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.


  • Deer Gray

    Refuge Closed for Deer Hunt

    Occoquan Bay NWR will be closed to visitors Saturday Sept. 25 for the mentored deer hunt. The refuge will reopen on Sunday Sept. 26th.

  • Potomac Heritage Trail being built.

    PHNST Ribbon Cutting

    Celebrate the completion of the Potomac Heritage Trail from Belmont Bay to Veterans Park at 1pm Sat. Sept. 26 at the Ospreys.

    Event Details

  • Walk for the Wild October 9-16

    Walk for the Wild 5K Challenge

    Support refuges by entering the Walk for the Wild 5K. Go at your own pace from October 9-16, we hope you'll walk for our refuge!

    Walk for the Wild Website and Registration

  • Man Fishing

    Fishing On The Refuge

    Fishing will now be allowed in designated areas. Read the info sheet below for more details.

    Fishing Info Sheet

Around the Refuge

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Interpretation, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Events on the Refuge


A draft compatibility determination for wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, environmental education, and outdoor events on the refuge is available for comments. A compatibility determination is the result of a process whereby the Refuge Manager reviews a proposed use on a refuge and determines whether the use is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. If you'd like to submit a comment review the document below and send an email to

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Interpretation, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Events CD

Final Hunting and Fishing Plan Released

Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

To read the final plan and to learn more follow the link below.

Hunting and Fishing

Introducing Agents of Discovery!

AoD App

We’re bringing augmented reality to Occoquan Bay! Use the free Agents of Discovery app to interact with our refuge in a fun new way.

Agents of Discovery: Merging Technology, Nature, and Fun!

Refuge Rules and Regulations

Hiking Logo

•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
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