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Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge began as a satellite of it’s sister refuge to the north, Bombay Hook. With a small and dedicated staff, the refuge began management of the land especially for wildlife. In 1986, the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel was reintroduced to the refuge. With the help of volunteers and comm...
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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge comprises 15,978 acres, approximately four-fifths of which is tidal salt marsh. The refuge has one of the largest expanses of nearly unaltered tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. It also includes 1,100 acres of impounded fresh water pools, brushy and timbered swamps, 1,100 acres of agricultural lands, and timbered and grassy upland. The general terrain is flat and less than ten feet above sea level.

Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl can been seen on the Refuge from September through March, look for greatest numbers of waterfowl (peak numbers) during November and March. Shorebirds and songbirds are most abundant during May, August and September. Wading birds are most abundant during June and July.

Special Tips: Because of the abundance of wetland habitat on the refuge, mosquitoes, and biting fly populations are very high from June through September. During these months, the refuge staff suggests you wear long sleeves and slacks, and bring insect repellant and a headnet when you visit.

Other Activities: Bombay Hook NWR has 5 nature trails, 3 with 30ft. observation towers and three with interpretive brochures. The trails range from 1/4 to 1 mile in length. Bear Swamp Trail is handicapped accessible with a hard packed walking trail for walkers and wheel chairs.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 15,978 acres 
Closest Town: Leipsic

RestroomsParkingHikingVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleFeeDrinking WaterAuto Tour

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Snow Geese - photo by USFWS
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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area