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The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3982 Waverly Rd in Williamstown, WV and is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

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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.

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Refuge News

  • Eastern Woodland Indian Culture to be Celebrated at Refuge

    Doug Wood 60x100April 14, 2017

    The Native American groups that called this part of the country home are often overlooked. But their history and culture are fascinating. Understanding how the people who first called this land home lived from day to day adds a richness to life for those who live here now. Come all day or for just an hour or two; either way, you're sure to discover something amazing!

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  • Weekly Bird Walks at the Refuge!

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    Many species of bird, from hummingbirds to bald eagles, nest and live on the Refuge. Join a Refuge naturalist and experienced birder for a guided walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the Refuge's greatest treasures - the birds!

    I want to see some birds!
  • Middle Island Bridge to Close for Repairs

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    Middle Island, located near St. Marys, West Virginia, is one of 22 islands making up Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the largest islands on the Refuge, and is covered with beautiful meadows and bottomland forest. Several miles of maintained trails allow visitors to explore the island, and as one of only two Refuge islands that can be accessed by road, it is a popular and very special destination for visitors. Beginning this June, the bridge to the island will be closed for significant renovation.

    Bridge to Middle Island Will Temporarily Close
  • Refuge hosts Jr. Duck Stamp Design Contest!

    2017 JDS BOS 60x100March 24, 2017

    On Thursday, March 23rd, the Refuge hosted the West Virginia Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. Congratulations to 16 year old Huntington High School student Jasmine Williams, who won Best of Show in the 2017 West Virginia Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design contest! The contest is the culmination of the larger, national environmental education curriculum.

    View article and full contest results!
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Paden Island - © Kent Mason
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017


  • Earth Day

    Tree PlantingApril 22, 2017

    Join us for tree planting and other activities!

    Earth Day
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