Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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Annual Deer Hunt Closures

Occoquan Bay NWR will be closed to visitors Thursday Nov. 19, and Thursday Dec. 3 for the annual deer hunt management program.

Around the Refuge

2020 Occoquan Bay Deer Management Hunt

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Each year staff hosts deer hunts in November and December to manage the refuge deer population. The 2020 Occoquan Bay Deer Management Hunt lottery opens Friday, July 31st. Click the link below for more information.

Click Here for Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunt Information

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

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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 can be purchased online. The headquarters office is closed to walk-in purchases. We encourage visitors to call their destination to see if passes can be obtained there, or purchase at Prince William Forest Park or Great Falls Park.

American the Beautiful Pass Online Store
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