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Information iconStone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, California (Photo: Erica Szlosek/USFWS)

Opportunities for outdoor recreation draw millions of people each year to national wildlife refuges, boosting local economies. Many visitors take part in heritage sports such as hunting and fishing. Others enjoy hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing or nature photography. All these activities offer visitors a chance to unplug from the stresses of modern life and reconnect with their natural surroundings.

Midway Atoll comprises three coral islands
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey-New York (Photo: USFWS)

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Information iconBond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia (Bill O’Brian/USFWS)