Features

  • Monomoy NWR Draft Hunting Plan

    Monomoy NWR Draft Hunting Plan (Compatibility Determination/Environmental Assessment/Section 7 Evaluation)

    Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Draft Hunting Plan (Compatibility Determination/Environmental Assessment/Section 7 Evaluation)

  • Interpretation

    Visitor Center Hours

    June 1st-September 7th: 9am-5pm daily. Off-season: M-F 10am-2pm. (contingent on volunteer availability)

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    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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    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

Monomoy Open House

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Join staff and volunteers from Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge along with the Town of Chatham, National Weather Service, and the Friends of Monomoy for an afternoon of fun. Learn about the refuge's biological and visitor services programs and explore the new interactive exhibit. Observe fly fishing demonstrations and try your luck surf fishing for striped bass (state permit required). Join the Town of Chatham Shellfish Constable for a discussion about the most prolific shellfishing grounds in the region, located on and around the Refuge. Witness a weather balloon launch from the on-site National Weather Service (NWS) upper atmosphere monitoring facility, and learn about the NWS' mission and its history on Morris Island. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided by the Friends of Monomoy. Rain or shine.

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2019 Public Access

Please refer to this map to plan your visit to Monomoy's offshore wilderness islands. Some areas may be restricted due to protections in place for threatened and endangered wildlife.

Public Access Map (2019)

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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