Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


What's Happening

East Dike Open!

August 1, 2020 Managed Wetlands (PROMO)

The East Dike Road is open for hiking and biking through the interior of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This trail can be used to access False Cape State Park. Wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife observation and wildlife photography are encouraged at the refuge. Continue to maintain CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines at all times.

Refuge Regulations

Night Surf Fishing

September 18, 2020 Night Surf Fishing

Night surf fishing is back! Permits are available at Fee Booth beginning Friday, September 18. Permits will be available Fridays - Tuesdays, 8:00am-3:30pm. No Permit sales will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $35.00, cash or check only. Permits are valid October 1 - 31, 2020.

Night Surf Fishing Event Page

Every Kid Outdoors

September 1, 2020 EKO Logo Color Web Feature

A new school year has begun, which means a new group of 4th grade students are eligible for an Every Kid Outdoors pass! This free pass covers entrance fees for 4th graders and their families to any federal land in the country. To obtain a pass go to the Every Kid Outdoors website (link below), complete an activity, print a voucher and bring the refuge. We will exchange a pass for your voucher. We hope to see you soon!

Every Kid Outdoors Website

eBird Trail Tracker

Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!

eBird Trail Tracker
For Educators

Every Kid Outdoors

EKO Logo Color Web Feature

A new school year has begun, which means a new group of 4th grade students are eligible for an Every Kid Outdoors pass! This free pass covers entrance fees for 4th graders and their families to any federal land in the country. To obtain a pass go to the Every Kid Outdoors website (link below), complete an activity, print a voucher and bring the refuge. We will exchange a pass for your voucher. We hope to see you soon!

Every Kid Outdoors Website

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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