Plan Your Visit


For the first time since its establishment in 1995, the portions of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge that are owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including the Bufflehead Bay parcel just south of Red Brook Road in Mashpee and the Redbrook unit in the town of Falmouth, are open for hunting following the state of Massachusetts hunting regulations and seasons. Hunting is permitted for all of the Massachusetts game species with the exception of rabbit. Hunters must possess a valid state of Massachusetts hunting license and all applicable permits and stamps and follow all state hunting regulations. Night hunting, baiting and the use of electronic calls is prohibited. The use of dogs is limited to the retrieval of game only. For a detailed map of areas owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, please view the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge Map. Areas in green are opened to hunting.

Within the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge Partnership Boundary, there are miles of walking trails and fire roads for visitors to explore our neighboring partner lands where one can access areas such as the Childs River for fishing to a tranquil paddle on Moody Pond. A well utilized access site is on Great Neck Rd at the Jehu Pond parking area.

Environmental education and interpretive programs are offered throughout the year by our refuge friends group (on and off site). For a complete map please contact the Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge; there are public use areas on several of the partner's properties which are posted on the refuge map.

If you are looking for a contact point, the Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has a museum at their property located at 131 Waquoit Highway Waquoit, MA 02536.

For additional information about the Refuge, please call (978) 443-4661.