Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

Waterfowl Hunting Boundary Advisory

Please see the attached PDF and contact Federal Wildlife Officer Chris Kelly (978-579-4030) with questions.

Waterfowl Hunting Boundary Advisory

Around the Refuge

Current Conditions

As of 03/23/2020, the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge restrooms have temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and social media channels.

Current Conditions

Final Hunting and Fishing Plan

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing plan for the Assabet River, Great Meadows, and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in Eastern Massachusetts.

More Information

Resource Management

Pulling invasive water chestnut - Lamar Gore/USFWS.

Refuge managers employ a variety of tools to support the goal of biological diversity. Whether it's water level manipulation, promotion of native plants, or invasive species control, there's always work to be done on the refuge. Visit our resource management page to learn more about the work we do.

Resource Management
Upcoming Events

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS