Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • America the beautiful pass

    Interagency Passes at Great Meadows NWR

    Interagency passes are available by appointment at Great Meadows NWR HQ (73 Weir Hill Rd., Sudbury). Please call (978) 443-4661.

  • 2018-2019 Hunt Seasons Great Meadows NWR

    Hunt seasons during 2018-2019 at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

    2018-2019 Hunt Seasons at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

  • Attn Hunters Seeking to Purchase Permits

    The permit website is live! Click link to be directed to more information.

    More information about 2017 permits here

  • Waterfowl Hunting Boundary Advisory

    Please see the attached PDF and contact Federal Wildlife Officer Chris Kelly (978-579-4030) with questions.

    Waterfowl Hunting Boundary Advisory

  • Temporary Change in Entrance Fee Program

    Our online pass purchasing system is currently down, click the link below for information on how to purchase an up-to-date parking pass

    More information

Around the Refuge

Video: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury Carpenters in the Community

Carpenters representing five Locals helped construct a boardwalk wandering nearly 1,500 feet through forested wetlands at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Sudbury, Mass. Watch this video from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters to learn more!

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury | Carpenters in the Community

Resource Management

Pulling invasive water chestnut - Lamar Gore/USFWS.

Refuge managers employ a variety of tools to support the goal of biological diversity. Whether it's water level manipulation, promotion of native plants, or invasive species control, there's always work to be done on the refuge. Visit our resource management page to learn more about the work we do.

Resource Management

Visitor Activities

School group on the refuge - USFWS.

There are activities on the refuge throughout the seasons including wildlife viewing, photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education and interpretation. Check out our visitor activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities
Upcoming Events

December 2018 Event Calendar

Upcoming events at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

December 2018 Event Calendar

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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