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.


  • Occoquan Bay Eaglets 2014

    Wildlife Drive Open!

    The eaglet successfully fledged! Wildlife Drive is open for vehicles and bicycles. Use caution when passing the trail construction site.

  • Junior Duck Stamp Practice

    2021 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Winners

    Huge thank you to the students, teachers, and parents who made this contest possible. View the winners and their amazing artwork below.

    2021 Junior Duck Stamp Winners List and Gallery

Around the Refuge

Comment Period Now Closed for Hunting Plan

Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

The 3-month public comment period for our draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment has ended. We are now in the process of reviewing all submitted comments, developing responses, and incorporating any necessary changes as we finalize the plan. We anticipate that the final plan, with our responses, will be available prior to September 1.

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

National Federal Lands Pass Purchases

Senior Pass Small

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