Visitor Activities

Download the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge 2018 Closed Areas (pdf)

  • Wildflower Viewing


    Come visit our two pollinator gardens at Monomoy. One garden is located across from the Headquarters public restrooms and the other garden is located on the left side of the Visitor Center. Visitors can see over 25 species of flowering plants, which bloom from early spring to late fall, and the pollinators that benefit from them.

  • Fishing

    Shoreline at Monomoy - Keith Shannon/USFWS.

    Currently sport fishing is permitted on Monomoy. Fly fishermen and saltwater fishermen alike find the thrill of the hunt in fishing for bluefish and striped bass along the beach.

    Learn more about the required permits.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Common tern in flight - USFWS.

    Monomoy has been listed as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Regional site and an Important Bird Area due to its importance to migratory shorebirds. On the Morris Island trail, you can see song birds, shorebirds, horseshoe crabs, and the occasional seal.

    Download the bird brochure (pdf)

  • Interpretation

    Visitor center - USFWS.

    The refuge offers a trail map and self-guided walk on Morris Island. At each numbered stop there is a write-up of information about the nature there and informative panels alongside the trail. In the summer months when staffing allows, there are guided hiking tours around the trail loop. At the visitor center, there is an exhibit room with projects about the various native wildlife, as well as some hands-on games.

    Download the trail brochure (pdf)

    Download the trail map (pdf)

  • Photography

    Gray seal - USFWS.

    A 3/4-mile nature trail is located on Morris Island and winds through a variety of coastal habitats. Overlooks on the trail provide views of the refuge's North and South Monomoy Islands. Along the trail, one may come into view of least terns, common terns, willets, piping plovers, and the occasional snowy egret. These birds all summer on the refuge and can be seen near the shore, or in the salt marsh. The refuge also hosts an annual summer photo contest.

    Launching, landing, or operating an aircraft to include unmanned aircraft (drone)from or on lands and waters administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service is prohibited, 50 CFR 27.34