Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Around the Refuge

Current Conditions

As of 03/23/2020, the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge outdoor restrooms have temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and social media channels.

Current Conditions

Final Hunting and Fishing Plan

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing plan for the Assabet River, Great Meadows, and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in Eastern Massachusetts.

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Visitor Activities

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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

About the Complex

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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