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.Plan Your Visit to the Refuge
About the NWRS
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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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.Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
- March 25, 2017
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
Forty six species of native freshwater mussels live within the refuge waters on the Ohio River. This includes five federally endangered mussel species: fanshell, pink mucket, sheepnose, northern riffleshell, and clubshell. Mussels are important to the health of a river ecosystem. They are filter feeders, which helps reduce silt, sediment, and pollutants in the water.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Paden Island - © Kent Mason
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2017