US Fish and Wildlife Service

National Wildlife Refuges

From the Oregon Coast to the coast of South Carolina, many national wildlife refuges will welcome solar eclipse viewers on August 21. More than a dozen refuges are in the prime viewing area. Their aim is to help visitors enjoy this natural phenomenon while ensuring public safety and protecting fragile wildlife habitat. Parts of refuges may be closed to protect rare species. Sorry, overnight camping or parking is not permitted. Refuges in the direct path of the eclipse include:

Pacific Northwest (first U.S. viewing area)

Mountain-Prairie region


Southeast (last U.S. viewing area)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration