Located along the northeast coast of Massachusetts in an area of dense and expanding human development, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge has special significance and value to migratory birds, other wildlife, and people. The refuge also provides high-quality opportunities for nature-based recreation, including walking & biking, wildlife observation & photography, hunting, fishing, paddling, and beach use. We hope you visit us soon!
USFWS White tailed deer
Shotgun Deer Hunt Lottery

Hunt lotteries for the Parker River NWR shotgun deer hunt are open from Sept 1 - Sept 30. All applications must be received online (parkerrivernwr.recaccess.com). Winners will be notified within a week of the lottery closing.

Hunt dates are Friday December 2 & Saturday December 3. Please note: the refuge will be closed to the general public on these days.

Visit Us

Come explore YOUR national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Learn more about national wildlife refuge
by visiting during open hours, or joining one of our programs!

The refuge supports a wide variety of wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities. You can learn more about how to enjoy some of our popular activities by following the links below:

  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife Observation & Photography
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Beach Use

Pass Types & Fees

Paid Passes

Free Passes

  • Day pass (car): $5
  • Day pass (bike or pedestrian): $2
  • Annual refuge pass: $20**
  • Annual senior pass: $20
  • Federal duck stamp (all refuges): $25
  • Interagency pass: $80
  • Lifetime senior pass: $80
  • Commercial bus (20 passengers): $20
  • Commercial bus (20+ passengers): $30
  • Every kid outdoors - 4th grade pass
  • Access pass
  • Veterans & Gold Star family member pass
  • Active military pass

** Annual passes can now be purchased online through the Rec Access website. If purchasing passes at the refuge, payment can be made by cash or check only

Location and Contact Information

      Tours

      To schedule a program, tour, or field trip of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, contact us at 978-465-5753, or via email at parkerriver@fws.gov.

      Our Species

      Size: 18 cm (7.25 in) in length. Color: Breeding season: Pale brown above, lighter below; black band across forehead; bill orange with black tip; legs orange; white rump. Male: Complete or incomplete black band encircles the body at the breast. Female: Paler head band; incomplete breast band....

      FWS Focus

      Our Library

      Image of sprout on beach

      Parker River NWR periodically closes due to capacity and/or management requirements. But fear not! There are many local beaches and recreation areas to explore.