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Hunting and Fishing Plan Released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunt and fish plan for Silvio O. Conte NFWR in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Learn more about the Hunting and Fishing Plan

Around the Refuge

Refuge Land Protection

Fort River Division - James Weliver/USFWS.

Currently, the refuge is comprised of nearly 40,000 acres of fee owned and conservation easement land, within the four Connecticut River watershed states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The refuge includes twenty-two different divisions 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

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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.

Learn more about Cops & Bobbers - Hooks & Ladders
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.

Learn more


Refuge Happenings

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Learn more about what's happening around the refuge.

Read our Refuge Happenings

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.

Learn more about the NWRS