Plan Your Visit

Lighthouse - Amanda Boyd/USFWS

Know Before You Go

Access to the refuge is via over-sand vehicle (permit required), foot, or boat. For information about purchasing a permit, contact The Trustees of Reservations at (508) 228-6799. It’s important to plan ahead, as during the shorebird nesting seasons access to the refuge may be limited and restricted. This includes over-sand vehicle access across The Trustees property, which visitors need to cross in order to get to the refuge.

When visiting any nature area, it’s important to remember YOU are the visitor to many types of animals home and to visit the area with the goal of having a minimal impact when exploring the location. For your safety, always stay on trails, carry water, bug spray, and sunscreen; always let someone know where you are going if you’re visiting alone, have your cell phone fully charged, and be sure to do a thorough check for ticks once you get home. The weather can change quickly; it’s advised to check the forecast and have proper apparel for sudden adverse weather.

Points of Interest

Great Point lighthouse is located on the Northeast tip of the island. It was destroyed in March 1984 by a severe 'noreaster' storm and rebuilt in 1986. This photo was taken after it was rebuilt. This lighthouse is accessible only by 4-wheel drive vehicle, unless you are an avid hiker and don't mind walking seven miles in the sand. A special over sand access sticker to the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge (purchased from The Trustees) is required for your vehicle. Make sure you know how to drive on very soft sand. During the summer months, many a tourist can be seen a few hundred feet onto the beach with their vehicle buried up to the frame. It’s extremely important you are comfortable driving in these conditions and obey any closures.

Directions & Contact Info

Nantucket, MA
c/o Great Meadows NWR
73 Weir Hill Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
(978) 443-4661
The refuge is located at the northern tip of Great Point on Nantucket. The entrance to the Coskata-Coatue Refuge is at the end of Wauwinet Rd; all visitors coming by land access need to enter through the gatehouse.