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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

2591 Whitehall Neck Road

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. The refuge, located along the coast of Delaware, is mostly marsh, but also includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.

Bombay Hook was established in 1937 as a link in the chain of refuges extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It is primarily a refuge and breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife. The value and importance of Bombay Hook for migratory bird protection and conservation has increased through the years, primarily due to the management of the refuge and the loss of high quality habitat along the Atlantic Flyway.

Bombay Hook is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Portions are also designated a research natural area. The refuge, a nationally recognized birding spot attracting birders from across the country, is designated a Globally Important Bird Area. The Refuge, as well as the entire State of Delaware, is part of the New England/Mid Atlantic Coast Bird Conservation Region Implementation Plan (BCR 30).


Lisa L

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Great place to visit. Was able to drive through because the insects were swarming it would otherwise have been a great hike. Lots of wildlife. Herons, Egrets. Really beautiful. They were having bird identification and a photography class while we were there. Absolutely worth the visit

CC Da'Man

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Very nice place to drive around and see the wildlife and scenery. One of the best birding areas to go, we always see something amazing, unusual or rare. The visitor center is nice inside. Best to go when the bugs aren't swarming or else your stuck in your car. We couldn't get to any of the towers without getting bit up, it's expected this time of year. Definitely will go back in the fall.

Paul Keely

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Bombay Hook is really beautiful. But this time of year it's really not walkable because of the flies. So today was a driving only tour. Saw about a dozen types of beautiful birds.

Stephen White

Monday, March 19, 2018
Bombay Hook is a great place to bring the family. We see something new each time we go. The kids love the ranger led programs. The visitor center allows you to check out binoculars if you need them for the day as well. While you are here, check out the several trails in the refuge. Parsons Point Trail is a family favorite as it brings you by the remains of a WW2 tower on the way to Shearness Pool.

Bob Hartman

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Great place to see wildlife and some nice little hikes as well. Bring your binoculars. This is where I bought my Senior's National Park Pass. Quite the good value, that pass...and we've used it extensively.

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