Welcome to the Potomac River Refuges

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR              Occoquan Bay NWR               Featherstone NWR


                                     Bald Eagle at Occoquan Bay NWR         

 There is Something for Everyone at the Potomac River Refuges

Whether you are a birder, photographer, or hiker, there is something for you to enjoy at one of the Potomac River Refuges.  If it is fresh air and a change of scenery you need after a hectic day, then come step into a place where traffic noise is the sound of spring peepers and songbirds and congestion is a group of twelve bald eagles out on the ice.

For hikers, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay NWR's have walking trails.  Both Refuges also offer excellent birding opportunities, with the species count at OBNWR now up to 242.  Bald eagles can often be seen at both refuges, with the best viewing during winter.  

Weekend programs and special events offer a chance to learn more from rangers and naturalists.  For Scouts and other groups, the Friends of the Potomac River Refuges offer special walks and programs.  Contact us for more information.

Whether you are a Refuge veteran or first-time visitor, we welcome you to share in the beauty of the diverse habitats at the Potomac River Refuges.


               Osprey at Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR

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What's New


Sep 15 thru Nov 15, 2015

(See National Wildlife Refuge Association website for details) 
FoPRR-planted wildflowers blooming at base of Windmill at Occoquan Bay Refuge
Need for Volunteers to staff the Occoquan Bay Information Booth

Upcoming events


 Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome visitors at Occoquan Bay NWR.
Assist staff with greeting visitors on the weekends. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per month. Shift length and time is flexible. If interested contact Kelley Studholme at bejoyful@comcast.net.

The Potomac Pullers volunteers focusing on control, management, and prevention of invasive plant species to protect habitats and wildlife.
Volunteers will:
  • Learn to identify invasive plants
  • Map invasives using GPS
  • Remove invasives
  • Monitor results
  • Increase public awareness

To join Potomac Pullers contact Rosalind Wu at 703.490.4979 or Rosalind_Wu@fws.gov.


Last updated: August 27, 2015

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