Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge

Facility Rules and Policies

When visiting the refuge you are entering wildlife’s home. So, keep in mind and obey all rules and regulations at the refuge to respect wildlife and their habitats, such as visiting during posted hours, leaving no trace behind, and not bringing pets.


Sunrise to Sunset

No Pets

The prohibition of pets is to reduce disturbance to wildlife and habitat, and make your wildlife viewing experience better. The presence of dogs, even when leashed, scare wildlife away from the trail. It may be because wildlife instinctively look at dogs as predators. Fleeing from a predator burns much needed energy that animals need to live and raise their young.

Note: Certified Service Animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities are permitted on all trails and facilities, as long as they are under direct control of their owner at all times and all feces is removed from the site.

Leave No Trace

Please take out your trash with you (take in, take out) ensure the protection and safety of all species.

No Disturbing Wildlife or Vegetation

No picking or disturbing wildlife or vegetation on refuge lands to to ensure the safety and protection of wildlife, plants and their habitats. Wild animals are unpredictable and will defend themselves if they feel threatened.  

No Drones

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

No ATVs & Horses

ATVs and Horses are not allowed. These activities can disturb wildlife and affect the trails negatively.

No Camping or Picnic Areas

There are no campsites or picnic areas and fires are prohibited.


Bicycles and motorized vehicles are restricted to the entrance roads and parking areas.


Please see Mashpee's Hunt Brochure and hunt seasons sheet for more information on rules and regulations such as season dates, bag limits, firearms, hunting units, equipment usage, access, etc.