Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Junior Ranger Program

    Our Junior Ranger Program is guaranteed to enhance every family's visit to the refuge. Earn a badge and certificate! This program is FREE!

    Just for kids at the refuge ...

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    Birds of a Feather Bird Walk

    Many species of bird, from hummingbirds to bald eagles, nest and live on the refuge. Join a ranger naturalist for this weekly guided walk!

    Take flight on a bird walk!

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    Wild Ohio!

    Our visitor center includes two live turtles and a 1,200 gallon tank. Learn about the Ohio River and join us for feeding time!

    Let the feast begin!

Refuge News

Holiday Hours

December 6, 2018

Though we are typically open seven days a week, things get a little wonky at this time of year. This winter, the refuge will be closed: December 13th, December 23rd, December 24th, December 25th, December 31st (afternoon), and January 1st. Otherwise, we're open 8 to 4:30 every day! We hope to see you soon! Happy Holidays!

What To Do About Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

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Have you found an injured animal or bird? Are you desperate for help and wondering what to do? Determining whether or not to assist an injured or orphaned animal (or even determining for sure that a bird or animal needs help) can be a challenge on many levels. There are philosophical, environmental, and health considerations. It is one of those situations where our best instincts may be misleading.

What steps should I take?

Hunting Season at the Refuge

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Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management. For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support. Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System. Most of Ohio River Islands is open for hunting each fall and winter.

Learn more about hunting at the refuge ...

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 February, the bridge to the island will be closed for significant renovation through June 2020.

Bridge to Middle Island Will Temporarily Close
General Information

Visitor Center Hours

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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 (closed federal holidays).

Plan Your Visit to the Refuge

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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