Plan Your Visit

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Visitor Kiosk Hours 

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

Know Before You Go

  • Plan ahead and come prepared with drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
  • Due to severe bluff and beach erosion the refuge has made significant changes to the boardwalk and staircase that led to the beach. There is no longer beach access from the staircase as the lower section of steps has been removed due to safety issues created by erosion. The staircase now ends at an observation deck. Access to the refuge beach and trails is through the private path with a deeded public right of way to allow access to Monomoy NWR lands off Tisquantum Rd. To get there park your car in the refuge parking lot and walk to the end of Wikis Way (the refuge driveway), turn left, and follow Tisquantum Rd. for about a quarter mile through the neighborhood until you reach a split rail fence on your left and a "Private Path" sign. Please respect the private property of our neighbors by staying on the road until you reach the path. 

    The Magic of Morris Island Digital Tour of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
  • Avoid contact with poison ivy and check thoroughly for ticks after using trails.
  • Leave only footprints, take only photographs.
  • Respect wildlife. Maintain a distance of at least 150 feet from seals.
  • To protect migratory birds, pets are prohibited year-round from North Monomoy Island, Minimoy Island, and South Monomoy Island. Leashed dogs are permitted on Morris Island from September 16th through April 30th.
  • If you find a stranded or entangled marine mammal please call the International Fund for Animal Welfare at (508) 744-2000. If you find a sick or injured bird please call Wild Care at (508) 240-2255.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.


Waterfowl hunting by boat for duck, goose and coot is available in the open waters west of South Monomoy Island. Seasons and bag limits are in accordance with state of Massachusetts regulations. Dogs are permitted for retrieving game. Uplands are closed to all hunting. See our Hunt Plan page for more information and ensure that you follow all rules and regulations. 




Contact Info & Directions

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
30 Wikis Way Chatham, MA 02633

Office: (508) 945-0594
Fax: (508) 945-9559

Take U.S. Route 6 East to State Route 137 South, to State Route 28 East. Take Route 28 East to the rotary. Take the Main Street exit, up the hill to Shore Road. Turn right and proceed past Chatham Lighthouse. Bear left after lighthouse onto Morris Island Road. Follow Morris Island Road to signs for the refuge on the left, Wikis Way. Limited parking is available at the visitor center.