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Important Notice

Closed to the Public

Because the refuge provides critical habitat to the northern red-bellied cooter turtle, it is closed to all public uses. Information about the refuge can be obtained by contacting the headquarters office in Sudbury, MA at 978-443-4661.

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex is comprised of eight refuges.

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

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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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What's Happening

  • Massasoit NWR Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    We hope to release a draft comprehensive conservation plan for the Massasoit Refuge soon. A public meeting has been tentatively scheduled for March 15 at the main library in Plymouth. However, this date may change depending on when we receive approval to release the draft plan. Please check back to this site for status updates, and if you would like to be placed on the mailing list for the comprehensive plan, please send an email to

  • Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

    October 25, 2016

    In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.

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Last Updated: Apr 15, 2016
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