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.
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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.
Please take out your trash with you (take in, take out) ensure the protection and safety of all species.
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.
ATVs and Horses are not allowed. These activities can disturb wildlife and affect the trails negatively.
Bicycles are restricted to the parking area and access roads only.
Swimming and ice skating are not permitted refuge pools or ponds.
Fishing is allowed on the Nashua River and along its banks within the refuge. All anglers must comply with Massachusetts State fishing regulations including fishing licenses. Fishing is catch and release only.
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
There are no campsites or picnic areas and fires are prohibited.
Please see Oxbow 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. Hunters must purchase a hunt permit to hunt on the refuge.