Visitor Center and Other Closures

During the current corona virus pandemic we urge visitors to follow CDC guidelines. Maintain adequate social distancing, avoid overcrowding, and exercise good hygiene. We understand that the outdoors can help relieve stress, but these guidelines must be followed for our public health and safety. Please Recreate Responsibly.

For more information please visit the FWS Coronavirus Response webpage.

At Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, please note the following conditions and plan accordingly: 

  • The Visitor Center at 321 Port Road in Wells, Maine, is closed.
  • The Carson Trail, adjacent visitor parking lot, and restrooms are open.
  • Trails at Cutts Island and Timber Point are open. If parking lots are full when you visit, please do not stop.
  • Restrooms at Cutts Island Trail are closed until further notice.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, facilities managers in national wildlife refuges continue to do everything they can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.