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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

The complex is comprised of eight refuges.

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Around the Refuge

  • An Open Letter to the Town of Chatham

    A letter from the National Wildlife Refuge System Regional Chief regarding Monomoy's comprehensive conservation plan (CCP).

    Click here to view the letter
  • 2016 Closed Areas Map

    Visit our maps page to view which areas at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge are closed to the public during nesting season. The areas marked in yellow represent areas that may be closed. Changes are made throughout the season depending on where birds are nesting. For up to date information, please contact the refuge directly. The refuge property on Morris Island may be accessed 24 hours a day for fishing, all other areas within the refuge boundary are open from sunrise to sunset.

    Refuge Map
  • 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.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016
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