Visitor Center Hours
The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3982 Waverly Rd in Williamstown, WV and is open weekdays 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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Around the Refuge
Refuge hunt permits are now available through the refuge website to print at home! Click below to download.Refuge Hunting Permits
There are activities year-round at Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, fishing and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.Visitor Activities
The refuge is a natural area. Be mindful of poison ivy, thorny plants, ticks, bees, and mosquitoes. Observe wildlife from a safe and respectful distance. Binoculars allow you to view wildlife closely without disturbing them. Learn more tips and points of interest on our Plan Your Visit page.Plan Your Visit
Forty species of native freshwater mussels live within the refuge waters on the Ohio River. This includes six federally endangered mussel species: fanshell, pink mucket, sheepnose, spectaclecase, snuffbox, and rayed bean. 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: Aug 22, 2016
Waterfowl and Decoy DayAugust 27, 2016
Come for a decoy carving, duck calls, displays, and presentations about equipment and techniques for duck hunting. Waterfowl and Decoy Day