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.

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Refuge Brochures

Refuge Brochure - Spanish

A quick overview of the refuge in PDF format.

Vieques Brochure - Spanish

Refuge Brochure - English

A quick overview of the refuge in PDF format.

Vieques Brochure - English
A Great Honor

One of the Best!

The Vieques NWR was awarded a great honor in 2015, when the general public voted it the fourth best national wildlife refuge within the entire Refuge System. This refuge offers great natural beauty and it is the second largest conservation area in all of the Puerto Rico Archipelago and the U.S. Virgin islands. It is considered to be a remote location, yet it is also technically an urban refuge; providing year around access to thousands of visitors. The VNWR borders the population center of Vieques, is within 20 miles of an urban population of 100,000+ people and within 40 miles of an urban population of 1,000,000+ people.

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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