Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Man Fishing

    Fishing On The Refuge

    Fishing will now be allowed in designated areas. Read the info sheet below for more details.

    Fishing Info Sheet

  • Walk for the Wild October 9-16

    Walk for the Wild 5K Challenge

    Support refuges by entering the Walk for the Wild 5K. Go at your own pace from October 9-16, we hope you'll walk for our refuge!

    Walk for the Wild Website and Registration

Around the Refuge

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Interpretation, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Events on the Refuge


A draft compatibility determination for wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, environmental education, and outdoor events on the refuge is available for comments. A compatibility determination is the result of a process whereby the Refuge Manager reviews a proposed use on a refuge and determines whether the use is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. If you'd like to submit a comment review the document below and send an email to

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Interpretation, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Events CD

Final Hunting and Fishing Plan Released

Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

To read the final plan and to learn more follow the link below.

Hunting and Fishing

Park Only In Designated Lots

Small Car on HP

When visiting the Refuge and State Park please only park in designated parking lots. Fines will be issued to cars parked along the side of High Point Rd.

Know Before You Go

Sunset at the refuge - USFWS.

Make sure you come prepared when visiting the refuge - from April to October biting insects and ticks are prevalent, so bring bug spray! Also, keep an eye out for poison ivy and northern copperhead snakes. Learn more on our Plan Your Visit page.

Plan Your Visit
Bald Eagles

American Bald Eagle

American bald eagle - USFWS.

At the time of the refuge's establishment in 1969, the number of nesting bald eagles pairs had plummeted to less than 500 in the lower 48 states.

Wildlife & Habitat

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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