Thursday, March 19, 2020

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Implements Temporary Closure

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of 3/18/2020, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center will be closed and the opening of all campground and marinas on the Refuge have been postponed until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, other Recreation facilities (such as trails, boat ramps and restrooms) will remain open.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Carb Orchard NWR is our number one priority. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is working with the federal, tribal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.

The FWS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a Refuge and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

For additional information, contact Refuge Manager, Justin Sexton at 618-997-3344, or by email at

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Contact: Justin Sexton – 618-997-3344