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Oxbow
National Wildlife Refuge


Still River Depot Road
Harvard, MA   01451
E-mail: fw5rw_emnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 978-443-4661
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/oxbow/
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools and other groups. Programs are presented by both refuge staff and members of the Friends of the Oxbow NWR. A teachers workshop for area schools is normally held each Spring at the Refuge Complex Headquarters. If you are interested in these programs, please call the Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex for additional information at 978-443-4661.

Fishing
Fishing is allowed on the Nashua River and along its banks within the refuge. Fishing is not permitted within wetland pools, ponds or streams within the refuge. Pending completion of the 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Oxbow NWR, all portions of the refuge located north of Route 2 are closed to public use. State fishing regulations and license requirements are in force on the refuge. A canoe launch is provided at the lower parking area at the Still River entrance to the refuge. Fishing on the Nashua River can range from fair to good for largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullheads, and a variety of sunfish.

Hunting
Upland game birds, small game and turkey hunting are currently permitted on those portions of the refuge south of Route 2. All State regulation and license requirements are in force on the refuge. In addition, non-toxic shot is required for upland game bird and small game hunting.

Interpretation
A self-guided interpretative trail has been established with the assistance of the Friends of the Oxbow NWR. Pamphlets for the trail and the refuge brochure are available at the information kiosk at the Still River entrance. A number of interpretive panels are located along refuge trails. Both refuge staff and members of the Friends of the Refuge provide interpretive programs from time to time. If you are interested in these programs, please call the Eastern MA NWR Complex Headquarters at 978-443-4661.

Wildlife Observation
Two hiking trails, totaling approximately 2.5 miles, are present on the refuge. The River-Dike Trail passes along riparian and through forested wetland, forested upland and old field habitats. The Tank Trail passes through pine and mixed hardwood forests and passes by two beaver flowages. Trail guides are available at the Still River entrance.

Dogs are not allowed on the refuge.




Hours
The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.

Entrance Fees
There is no fee for these wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities at the Oxbow NWR.

 
 
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