• Eaglets

    Wildlife Drive and Trail Portions Closed

    Two fluffy eaglets are in the nest! The chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring restricted access to roads and trails.

    2018 Eagle Nest Buffer Map

  • Bird Banding

    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

  • Prescribed Fire

    Prescribed Fire to Benefit Habitat

    The refuge will be closed on Thursday March 8 and Friday March 9 to facilitate the burn. Click for information.

    2018 Prescribed Fire Information

Around the Refuge

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.

2018 Eagle Nest Buffer Map

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 5 Year Review

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Occoquan Bay NWR was formerly an Army installation known as the Woodbridge Research Facility. The facility was officially closed under Base Realignment and Closure in 1994 transferred to the US Fish & Wildlife Service in 1998. The purpose of a five-year review is to evaluate the implementation and performance of an environmental remedy in order to determine if it has remained protective of human health and the environment. The five-year review serves as a regular checkup to insure that previous cleanup activities at a site by the U.S. Army were successful and remain effective. Documents of interest for the site are available for public viewing at the Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191. Please click the link below for more information and how to provide input or comments.

2018 ACOE Review Process

National Federal Lands Pass Purchases

Senior Pass Small

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

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