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


  • Wildlife Drive Eaglets (Credit Mike Powell)

    Wildlife Drive and Trail Portions Closed

    A pair of Bald Eagles have begun nesting! The family is sensitive to human disturbance, requiring restricted access to roads and trails.

    Trail Closures

  • Bird Banding

    Bird Banding Postponed

    Bird banding station operation is postponed until further notice.

  • Construction

    Pardon Our Dust!

    New projects and renovations are happening all over the refuge. Find out more here.

    Project Notice Flyer

Around the Refuge

Get Out While Staying In

Credit: USFWS

Follow the link below for a list of awesome videos, live cams, and crafts to have fun and explore the outdoors from home.

Explore and Learn from Home

Refuge Rules and Regulations

Hiking Logo

•No Pets Allowed in or out of vehicles, including dogs •No Fishing • No boat landing or launching •For a complete list of rules, regulations, and hours of operation, click on the link below.

Occoquan Bay NWR Refuge Rules and Regulations

National Federal Lands Pass Purchases

Senior Pass Small

Annual and Lifetime passes are not sold on the refuge. Passes are sold online or at our Headquarters Office by appointment only. Call 703-490-4979 x 2011

National Federal Lands Pass Purchase Information

Coming Soon! New Refuge Office and Multi-Purpose Facility


Service staff and the general public will soon enjoy a new administrative facility on the Occoquan Bay NWR. After a year-long design effort with an architectural/engineering team, a construction contract was awarded for the new multi-purpose facility at Potomac River NWR Complex. The 5,417 square foot building highlights historic local architectural elements, views of nature, and energy efficiency. The refuge staff will enjoy a long awaited on-site headquarters, and state-of-the-art 1,533 square foot multi-purpose and reception rooms for public events. Construction is expected to begin in March 2019.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Box Turtle - Credit Cindy Kreticos

There are things to see at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge year-round! Plan your trip to the refuge by dressing for the weather, bringing insect repellant and watching out for poison ivy. Visit the link below to learn more about visiting the refuge.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Occoquan Bay 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