Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.



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Deteriorating structure posed a safety threat to refuge staff, visitors and wildlife.

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Around the Refuge

Refuge Divisions & Units

Fort River Division - James Weliver/USFWS.

Currently, the refuge is comprised of over 36,000 acres within parts of the four Connecticut River watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The refuge includes nine divisions and nine units that represent a wide variety of unique habitats.

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Visitor Activities

Hunter in blaze orange - Brett Billings/USFWS.

There are a wide variety of activities for the whole family across the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge including hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and environmental education. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities

Get Involved

Intern pulling water chestnut - USFWS.

Volunteers play an integral role at Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge. Activities include pulling invasive species, assisting with bird counts, greeting visitors and giving interpretive programs. Check out our Get Involved page to learn more about helping out at the refuge.

Get Involved

Cops & Bobbers and Hooks & Ladders

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Make community connections through fishing. Cops & Bobbers and Hooks & Ladders is about creating positive connections and trusting relationships between young people and the law enforcement and safety officials serving in their communities. Learn how you can get involved or plan a program in your community.

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Urban Refuge Partnerships

Urban Conservation in the Connecticut River Watershed

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We are working with partners throughout the watershed to create and restore wildlife habitats in urban areas. Learn about these programs that provide opportunities for city residents to learn about the watershed and participate in education and conservation activities where they live.

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Refuge Highlights

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Learn more about what's happening around the refuge.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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