Come for a visit! We have at least one refuge in each U.S. state and territory, plus fish hatcheries, wetland management districts and our administrative offices. To find a location, select one on the map or use the filters to narrow your search…

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Visit a National Wildlife Refuge Facility

Protected Lands and Waters

The Refuge System administers lands and waters across the U.S. and territories, including:

  • 567 National Wildlife Refuges
  • 38 Wetland Management Districts
  • 5 Marine National Monuments
  • 63 Refuges with Wilderness Areas

The Purpose of Refuges

Each refuge is established to serve a statutory purpose that targets the conservation of native species dependent on its land and waters.

Things to Do and See

Where consistent with their primary purpose, refuges also offer activities for people, such as:

  • Hunting and fishing
  • Birdwatching and wildlife photography
  • Hiking and canoeing
  • Scientific research

 

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Visit a National Fishery Hatchery

National Fish Hatcheries and You

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature, or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National fish hatcheries provide many opportunities for you to help your community, fish, and wildlife by doing what you love.  

The Purpose of Hatcheries 

Seventy fish hatcheries across the nation work with states and Tribes to produce and distribute fish for recreational and conservation purposes and provide refuge for endangered species. The hatcheries also provide outdoor opportunities from fishing events and tours to numerous education activities.  

Things to Do and See 

Nearly one million people visit the National Fish Hatchery System every year for incredible opportunities to hike, bird, fish, visit an aquarium, and learn more about fish conservation. 

  • Take part in a fishing derby 
  • See a freshwater fish aquarium 
  • Explore a nature trail 

 

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Upcoming Events

View the upcoming events at our national wildlife refuge and national fish hatchery facilities.

Wetlands give a lot back to the community, much of which goes unseen. From issues like flood control to recreation, protecting these fragile ecosystems is vitally important. Join ACE member Zoe in learning about why and how we protect this area, and the hidden functions of our wetland...

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Freeland Boardwalk

Let's put the birds to bed! We'll watch and listen for bird activity with Paul Bogard & Joanna Eckles as night falls, test our senses, and learn about night migration and light pollution at the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a wild and truly remote landscape yet it winds...

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Bloomington Visitor Center

Join us to see who is flitting in our upland forests! Meet Herb Myers at the Visitor Center at 7am on Saturday May 21 to see who is calling Canaan Valley home. From the Visitor Center, you will travel up Forest Road 80 to see what high elevation birds we have. Black throated blues and other...

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center
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Latest Stories

Pumpout Boat
Recreation
$16 Million for Local Waterways and Recreational Boaters
Recreational boaters, local communities and aquatic resources will benefit from more than $16 million in grant funds, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program. The CVA program fosters clean water and recreational access through funding to state agencies for the...
A bright yellow kayak glides through on a glass-smooth river surrounded by towering evergreen trees. In the distance ominous clouds hover in a clearing sky on the horizon.
Migratory Species
Searching for Wonder Among the Sparrows
How do biologists keep their sense of wonder for nature alive when the point of their job is to be objective and look at the facts? Read biologist Bri Benvenuti's blog to find out how.
whooping crane in water
Migratory Species
Record High Number of Whooping Cranes Wintered in Texas
Last winter, an estimated 543 whooping cranes arrived on their Texas wintering grounds after migrating 2,500 miles from their breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada.
a big log in a clear stream
Wildlife Wonders
The Quiet Love Affair Between Fish and Trees
We all know fish live in water, but many of us don’t realize that their world stretches up onto the banks and beyond. Sure, fish don’t occupy that space. But what happens out of the water can affect them profoundly. This story is about the quiet love affair between fish and trees.
Sunrise over wetland with treeline silhouette in the distance.
Land Management
5 Things You Need to Know About Wetlands
May is American Wetlands Month, yet every day is a great time to celebrate these diverse habitats. Wetlands support birds, fishes, amphibians, plants, and more. Discover the importance of wetlands to plants, wildlife, and people around the globe.
Greater sandhill crane on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife Management
$95 Million Awarded for Wetland Conservation Projects
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced that $95 million in funding has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore more than 300,000 acres of wetland and...

Ways to Get Involved

Whether as a visitor to a refuge, a volunteer, a coworker, a formal partner, or more, there's plenty of ways we can work together to conserve and protect our natural resources. Here's just a few...

Learning Opportunities

We offer many types of learning opportunities including formal and informal training. Some of the education we offer includes job training, career enhancement training, education for environmental or technical professionals, and students.

Youth Programs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) enjoys a proud history working with a range of youth organizations to help young people develop academic, leadership, and citizenship skills.

Partnerships

The Fish and Wildlife Service enters into agreements with a wide range of organizations at the national, regional and local levels.

Volunteering Opportunities

We have lots of ways to help out, for the short term or long, on the ground or in the office. We truly value our volunteer colleagues.

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