Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    Visitor Kiosk Hours

    June 1st – September 7th: 10 am - 4 pm (contingent upon volunteer availability)

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  • Piping Plover

    Endangered species

    We have 5 threatened or endangered species: piping plover, roseate tern, red knot, Northeastern beach tiger beetle, and seabeach amaranth.

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    Seals

    Monomoy contains the largest grey seal haul-out in the United States! When viewing seals, make sure to stay at least 150 feet away.

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  • Lighthouse

    Monomoy Lighthouse

    Monomoy Point Light Station and the keeper’s house, located on South Monomoy Island, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Around the Refuge

June Construction

Due to safety concerns associated with construction work at Monomoy NWR on Morris Island, the refuge parking lot at 30 Wikis Way may be limited or temporarily closed to the public starting June 7th through June 18th. Please respect all parking signs. If the parking lot is temporarily closed, there may be limited parking along the causeway.

West Boundary MOU with Town of Chatham

March 10, 2021

We have a long history of working cooperatively with the Town of Chatham. We are proud to announce that this relationship has resulted in a recent Memorandum of Understanding with the Town, recognizing the traditional recreational shellfishing managed by the town and affirming our commitment to collaborative management of fishery resources in the future.

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Seals in Chatham

You need a private boat to see the seals that are on the refuge right now, because they are located on the Atlantic side of South Monomoy Island, which is only accessible by boat. From May to October, Monomoy Island Ferry offers boat rides to the refuge. If you go to the Chatham Lighthouse overlook/parking lot on Main Street in Chatham around low tide and bring binoculars or spotting scope, you may be able to view seals that are hauled out on the sand bar along the left side of the harbor inlet. Another good place to see seals is the observation deck on the Chatham Fish Pier, located at 45 Barcliff Ave. Remember, seals are protected from harassment under the Marine Mammal Protection Act! Any action by you that provokes a reaction from seals is considered harassment because their natural behaviors have been altered by your presence. Please keep back at least 150 feet from seals at all times.

Statement on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Boundary

Wind, storms and tides move sand and continually change the environment of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Its boundary, however, was set when the refuge was established in 1944. The boundary has been the subject of recent public discourse, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to provide the public that we serve with accurate information.

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Final CCP Released

Final CCP Released

We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. The 15-year management plan will guide management decisions on the refuge to accomplish refuge purposes and goals, and support the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

More details on the plan are available here.

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

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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.

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