Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Hunters in silhouette - USFWS

    Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities for deer, turkey, and waterfowl hunting.  Click on the links below to read and/or download the updated hunting information sheets.

    Great Bay Waterfowl Hunting Information Sheet (2019/2020)  (PDF)

    Great Bay Deer and Turkey Hunting Information Sheet (2019/2020)  (PDF)

    The 2019 Shotgun-Only Deer Hunt will take place on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th.  Permits will be issued via a lottery system.  Click here for further information about applying to the lottery.



  • 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.