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    Watershed Art, Friday, June 2

    Learn how watersheds work and create a driftwood sculpture exhibit from our watershed. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station at 10:00 a.m.

  • Bullseye

    Aim High, Let 'em Fly!

    Be right on target! Learn archery basics with staff from the National Archery in the Schools Program. Adults and kids ages 9 and up welcome.

    2017 Archery Brochure

  • 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

  • Bald Eagle Nest

    Wildlife Drive and Trail Portions Closed

    The bald eagles returned to their nest! The pair and chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring staff to restrict access to trails.

    2017 Eagle Nest Trail Closure

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    Welcome, Trainers, to Occoquan Bay NWR!

    Look around, Pokemon aren’t the only creatures you’ll see! Refuge hours are 7am to 7pm. Stay on trails; don’t trespass into closed areas.

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

In 1998, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Occoquan Bay NWR, and Featherstone NWR, were reorganized into the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Occoquan Bay is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

Learn 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  

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Around the Refuge

  • Refuge Rules and Regulations

    •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
  • Bald Eagle Nest Trail and Widlife Drive Closures

    Bald Eagle Nest

    The bald eagles returned to their nest! The pair and chicks are sensitive to human disturbance requiring staff to restrict access to trails. However, staff created a new seasonal trail around the nest for public use during the eagle breeding period. Click on the link for a refuge trail map.

    Bald Eagle Nest Trail Closure Map
  • Volunteers Needed!

    Volunteering working at the visitor center desk - USFWS.

    Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures. Learn more about volunteering at the refuge on our Get Involved page.

    Get Involved!
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., December Sunset - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: May 24, 2017
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