About the Refuge

Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS.

Because the refuge provides critical habitat to the northern red-bellied cooter, it is closed to all public uses. Information about the refuge can be obtained by contacting the headquarters office in Sudbury, MA at (978) 443-4661.


Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge is part of the largest contiguous pitch pine scrub oak habitat area north of the Long Island Sound. It supports the federally endangered northern red-bellied cooter as well as other wildlife that depend upon the unique kettle ponds, shorelines, and upland habitats.

Situated in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the 208-acre refuge contributes to the recovery of this endangered turtle within a larger assemblage of critical habitat that is currently under a variety of ownerships. The refuge will continue to be managed as a special place for the endangered Northern red-bellied cooter and other species of conservation concern including turtles, migratory songbirds, rare moths and other pollinator species, and small mammals that rely on these natural communities.

Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge fact sheet (pdf)
Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex brochure (pdf)

Contact Us

Plymouth, MA
c/o Great Meadows NWR
73 Weir Hill Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
(978) 443-4661