The refuge headquarters and visitor center is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport , MA, directly across the street from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Joppa Flats Education Center. Our administrative office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-4:00 pm. The general refuge phone number is (978) 465-5753.
The refuge is a federal recreation fee area. The daily entrance fee is $5.00 for motor vehicles and $2.00 for bicycles and pedestrians. An annual pass to the refuge can be purchased for $20. Entry is free for holders of a Federal Duck Stamp or any of three Department of Interior passes (America the Beautiful, Senior, and Access passes). These passes are generally available at the refuge entrance station (when it is staffed) and at the refuge headquarters (when a staff person with access to the pass inventory is on duty). It is always best to call ahead to make sure that passes are available at either location on a given day. Please note, the refuge does not currently accept credit cards, either at the entrance station or headquarters.
The refuge is located ~35 miles north of Boston near the City of Newburyport. From Route 95 take exit 57 and travel east on Route 113, then continue straight onto Route 1A South to the intersection with Rolfe’s Lane for a total of 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Rolfe’s Lane and travel 0.5 miles to its end. Turn right onto the Plum Island Turnpike, and our visitor center will be shortly on the right. If not stopping at our visitor center, continue to travel 2.0 miles crossing the Sgt. Donald Wilkinson Bridge to Plum Island. Take your first right onto Sunset Drive and travel 0.5 miles to the refuge entrance.
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As of April 1st, most of the refuge's ocean beach will be closed to all public access due to the presence of nesting piping plovers. A small portion of beach will remain open and will be accessible via the Lot 1 boardwalk.