2022-23 Deer Hunt

Information for this year's deer hunt is now available on our hunting page.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1962 as a sanctuary for migratory birds.
Available for Public Comment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the Compatibility Determination for Operation of Ingleside Recreation Area by Kent County on Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is available for public comment for 14 days. Prior to allowing a new, or continuing an existing activity on a refuge, the Service must determine if the use is compatible with the establishment purpose of the refuge.

The Service has been working with Kent County for many years to provide wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on Eastern Neck NWR. Through this partnership, the County provides general maintenance and facilities to support seasonal public access to the Ingleside area on the refuge. There have been no significant changes to the program since previous compatibility determinations were completed. 

The compatibility determination is available for viewing hereComments will be accepted until August 29, 2022 in writing to matt_whitbeck@fws.gov, or to the attention of Mr. Matt Whitbeck, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, at Chesapeake Marshlands NWRC, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Visit Us

The refuge offers wonderful wildlife viewing and expansive views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay along 7 different trails. The Visitor Contact Station, located in a historic hunting lodge, is staffed by volunteers and features exhibits about the habitats and history of the refuge, as well as a gift shop operated by the nonprofit Friends of Eastern Neck. Fishing is permitted at Tundra Swan Boardwalk, Ingleside Recreation area (closed seasonally), and Bogles Wharf. Hunters enjoy fall deer hunting and a spring youth turkey hunt.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,285 acre island providing habitat for thousands of wintering waterfowl, including the tundra swan. Swans feed off of grasses in the river and narrows as do the waterfowl. Eastern Neck refuge supports a wide variety of habitats including brackish marsh, natural ponds, upland forest, and grasslands. The refuge holds the designation of Important Bird Areas by the Audubon Society. Over 240 bird species visit the refuge along with small mammals and many other wildlife species.

      What We Do

      Services

      Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland, is accepting bids for a cropping opportunity on approximately 320 acres in Kent County for up to five years. 

      To be considered, applicants must complete and submit the bid form available on the...

      Our Species

      Although first set aside as a haven for migrating and wintering waterfowl, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The refuge provides habitat for over 250 species of birds, including our national symbol, the bald eagle. In addition, many species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects find a home on the refuge.

      A large raptor, the bald eagle has a wingspread of about seven feet. Adults have a dark brown body and wings, white head and tail, and a yellow beak. Juveniles are mostly brown with white mottling on the body, tail, and undersides of wings. Adult plumage usually is obtained by the sixth year. In...

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