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.

Kim Eckert, one of Minnesota's preeminent birders, will give a sneak preview of the fifth edition of A Birder's Guide to Minnesota. The publication is a county-by-county guide of 1,400+ birding locations, along with an annotated list of all 447 Minnesota species with numerous identification tips...

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Succession, or the changes and area makes over time, is an important component of creating habitat for different species with varying needs. Natural disasters such as flooding, wildfires, or human activity can return areas to grasslands, which eventually grow into forests. Join ACE member...

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Freeland Boardwalk
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery
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Latest Stories

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Migratory Species
Migratory Birds to Benefit from More Than $21 Million in Funding Throughout the Americas
More than two decades after the first Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants were awarded, birds and people throughout the Americas will benefit from a new round of projects, totaling more than $21 million in federal grants and matching funds.
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Habitat Restoration
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds $13M in Orphaned Well Cleanup
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will put more than $13 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding to work to plug 175 orphaned oil and gas wells on six national wildlife refuges in Louisiana and Oklahoma, helping communities eliminate environmental and public safety hazards caused by...
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Endangered Species Act
Service Proposes to List Four Species of Sturgeon in Eurasia as Endangered Under the ESA
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list four species of sturgeon in Eurasia - the Russian, Persian, ship and stellate sturgeon - as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ancient freshwater fish are native to the Black, Azov, Caspian, Aegean and Aral sea basins of...
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Endangered Species Act
Celebration and Reflection on Endangered Species Day
We take pride that more than 99% of all species protected under the Endangered Species Act in its nearly 50 years are still with us. But the world faces a crisis of extinction. Climate change has added threats like sea level rise and exacerbated existing ones such as habitat loss.
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Wildlife Management
California condor chick hatches on ‘Condor Cam’
The Condor Cam returned for the seventh year with a live streaming video, and on May 14 at 05:42 am, viewers around the world got a real-time look at a hard-won conservation success story with a first sighting of a freshly hatched condor chick.
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Wildlife Management
5 Species Supported By The State Wildlife Grant Program
Since 2001, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has distributed over $1 billion to states, territories, and D.C. through the State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG). These funds are used by state and U.S. territory fish and wildlife agencies to develop 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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