Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Hunters in silhouette - USFWS

    Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities for deer, turkey, and waterfowl hunting.  Refuge staff are currently planning the operational details for the fall archery deer and turkey hunt, including the lottery process employed to award permits.  Please check back here for important updates.  (Revised 7/2/2020)



  • Wildlife Viewing & Photography

    Photographer on the refuge - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    Click here to download the refuge's bird list. (pdf)

    The refuge’s two walking trails provide wonderful opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife. Learn more on our Wildlife Viewing and Photography page.

  • Interpretation

    Open house on the refuge - Matt Poole/USFWS

    Because Great Bay is a non-staffed refuge, formal interpretive programs are not offered at this time. The refuge does host an annual open house (usually in September). Contact (978) 465-5753 for further information.


    Walk the two mile-long William Furber Ferry Way Trail.  A self-guide interpretive brochure for this trail can be downloaded at the link below.


    William Furber Ferry Way Trail brochure (PDF)

  • Environmental Education

    Building bat boxes - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    Because Great Bay is a non-staffed refuge, facilitated environmental education programming is not offered at this time.