Rules and Regulations

Piping plovers - Yianni Laskaris / USFWS

  • Public use of designated trails for wildlife observation, hiking, and photography is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
  • Surf fishing on Morris Island (Refuge Headquarters) is permitted 24 hours a day.
  • To protect migratory birds, pets are prohibited year-round from offshore refuge islands. Leashed dogs are permitted on Morris Island from September 16th through April 30th. 
  • Seals are protected by law. For your safety and theirs, keep at least 150 ft away from seals at all times.
  • We are a carry-in/carry-out, leave-no-trace facility. All trash, including pet waste, must be removed.
  • Bicycles and motorized vehicles are permitted only at the entrance parking lot.
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited.
  • Waterfowl hunting is permitted offshore of South Monomoy Island in accordance with state regulations.
  • To protect wildlife, entering areas marked with “area closed” and “beach closed” signs is prohibited.
  • Due to long and narrow staircases, kayaks and canoes are not permitted to push off from the Morris Island visitor parking area. Kayak/canoe parking is accommodated along the Morris Island causeway leading up to the Refuge. 
  • Kites and kiteboarding are prohibited throughout the Refuge lands and waters to reduce impacts on feeding and nesting wildlife.
  • Most of South Monomoy Island and all of North Monomoy and Minimoy Islands are federally designated Wilderness. Commercial activities and mechanized transport (e.g., bicycles, wheeled carts) are prohibited unless authorized by the Refuge Manager.
  • Launching, landing, or operating an aircraft (including unmanned aircraft such as remote controlled planes, helicopters, and drones) from or on lands and waters administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is prohibited, per 50 CFR 27.34


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.