Visitor Information

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.

Please click on the following links to quickly see the information you need.

Activities and Area Attractions Brochures Directions

General Information

  • Refuge: Open every day of the year from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Visitor Center: Closed due to Covid19.
  • Allee House: Closed until further notice for renovation. For more information please visit the Allee House page.

Entrance Fees

  • Please note that all fees must be paid using cash or check. Credit and check cards are not accepted for the payment of fees.
  • Active Duty Military Pass (Must be issued by the staff): FREE
  • 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.
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  • Google Maps with directions.
  • From Dover - Head north on Route 13 to Route 42, Fast Landing Road. Turn right (East) on Route and follow it to Route 9 in Leipsic. Turn left (North) onto Route 9 and follow it for 2 miles to Whitehall Neck Road Turn right onto Whitehall Neck Road and follow it to the refuge entrance.
  • From Smyrna - Follow Route 13 south to Road 12 (Smyrna-Leipsic Rd.) Turn left (East) and follow Road 12 for 5 miles. Continue for 0.25 miles after Road 12 merges with Route 9, then take a left onto Whitehall Neck Road which will bring you to Bombay Hook.
  • From Point south of the Dover AirForce Base - Follow Route 1 north to Exit 91, Kitts Hummock, Leipsic, Route 9. At the end of the ramp turn right and move left to follow Route 9. After you pass through Little Creek stay to the right to remain on Route 9 towards Leipsic. On leaving Leipsic you will go over the Leipsic River. A mile after you cross the river Whitehall Neck Road will be on your right. Turn onto Whitehall Neck and follow it to Bombay Hook.
  • From the Route 1 toll road take exit 114 (Smyrna-South exit). At the end of the ramp turn right at traffic light onto Route 13 North. Turn right at next light onto Road 12 East (Smyrna-Leipsic Road). Follow Road 12 for 5 miles. Continue for 0.25 miles after Road 12 merges with Route 9, then take a left onto Whitehall Neck Road which will bring you to Bombay Hook..


  • Restrooms: Handicapped-accessible restrooms located at the Visitor Center are open 24 hours a day. In addition a portable toilet is available at Bear Swamp Trail.
  • Food and Drink: Food and drink are not available at the refuge. The nearest store is about six miles away.
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Environmental Conditions

  • Weather: Get a complete weather forecast for Smyrna, Delaware including air quality here.
  • Sunrise and Sunset: Get sunrise and sunset times for Smyrna, Delaware here.
  • Tide Tables: Get current tidal information.
  • Pollen: The local pollen report and forecast is available here.


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.

Hotels Bed and Breakfasts Camping
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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. Auto Tour Brochure 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. You can get the trail map 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: See the Blue Heron Gift Shoppe page to learn more.

Area Attractions

Kent County Tourism Bureau web site Visit Delaware web site Delaware State Parks web site
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