Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is 8 mi. n. via SR 1, then 1 mi. e. on Broadkill Beach Rd. (SR 16). Black and wood ducks, mallards, pintails and shorebirds such as red knots and ruddy turnstones congregate spring and fall at this 10,000-acre marsh habitat primarily for migratory birds. Indigenous mammals include red and gray foxes, white-tailed deer and the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel. A half-mile boardwalk and more than 7 miles of canoe trails are available.
Note: The easternmost four miles of Prime Hook Creek at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be closed from September 1, 2016, through March 15, 2017, for safety concerns due to hunting of teal in September in the adjacent Prime Hook (State) Wildlife Area, hunting on federal and state areas during the three seasonal splits of the waterfowl season, and for other management purposes. The westernmost portion of the creek will be open year-round. Access for boats and canoes is from the boat ramp located behind Brumbley’s Family Park off of Route 1 near Waples Pond. For more information, check out our canoe trail brochure or call the Refuge office at (302) 684-8419.
Refuge open daily 30 minutes before dawn to 30 minutes after dusk. Refuge headquarters Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4. Visitor center daily 9-4. Closed major holidays. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.