On this page we have compiled information to help you plan your next trip to Bombay Hook NWR. For more information, call the refuge at (302) 653-6872 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm or email the web master.
- Refuge: Open every day of the year from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
- Visitor Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm year round; closed on federal holidays. Open Saturday and Sunday in Spring and Fall from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Visitors Center is now closed on weekends. It will reopen for weekend visitors on Saturday, September 3.
- Allee House: Closed until further notice for renovation.
- Automobile or motorcycle (and occupants): $4.00 per day.
- Hiking, bicyling: $2.00 per day per person. Children under 16 years old are free.
- Commercial van & bus tours: $20.00/vehicle with 20 people or less, $30 for a vehicle with more than 20 people.
- Bombay Hook Refuge Pass: $12.00/Year
- Bombay Hook accepts Federal Duck Stamp; and Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes for federal recreational lands, including refuges; are honored.
- Passes are on sale in the refuge Visitor Center. (Please note that due to federal policy, payment by credit card is not permitted; cash or personal check are accepted.)
- Restrooms: Handicapped-accessible restrooms located at the Visitor Center are open 24 hours a day.
- Food and Drink: Food and drink are not available at the refuge. The nearest store is about six miles away.
Weather and Meteorological Conditions
- Weather: Get a complete weather forecast for Smyrna, Delaware here.
- Sunrise and Sunset: Get sunrise and sunset times for Smyrna, Delaware here.
- Tide Tables: Get tidal information here. Select Leipsic, Leipsic River as the location.
Places to stay in Smyrna, Dover and surrounding communities, as listed on the Kent County & Greater Dover Convention and Visitors Bureau web site. Area attractions and restaurants are also listed.
Activities and Attractions
- Allee House Tours: The eighteenth-century farmhouse located on refuge property is closed for renovation. Learn more here.
- Auto Tour Route: Drive the twelve-mile round trip through the refuge. See the natural beauty of the refuge and view the wildlife. Stop to explore and walk the nature trails.
- Birding: Bombay Hook is an international birding hotspot. It is recognized as an Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy. The refuge bird list includes over 300 species. A link to the latest recorded sighting can be found in the Bird Club section of the Birding at Bombay Hook page.
- Festivals: The Friends of Bombay Hook sponsors an annual festival. See the Events Calendar for date and time.
- Hiking/Walking: Walk the auto-tour route or one of the five nature trails, which vary in length from one-quarter to one mile. Three of the trails end at freshwater impoundments, where thirty foot high observation towers provide spectacular views of the refuge. Learn more here.
- Hunting: Waterfowl, deer and small game hunting are permitted on the refuge subject to state and federal regulations. Learn more here.
- Photography/Nature Study: Bombay Hook is a great place to study and photograph nature. Amateur and professional photographers come here to capture images of wildlife, landscapes and sunsets.
- Shopping: Purchase refuge souvenirs, such as pins, key chains, magnets and pens; t-shirts, denim shirts and sweatshirts; hats; jewelry; collectibles and more. See the refuge store page to learn more.
Maps and Directions
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