Join this FREE event to try fishing, archery, kayaking, meet tide pool critters, make art, and more! This is an open streets event - bike, walk, roll, or take a free shuttle down the refuge road. Please note: the refuge will delay opening to all vehicles until 10am. There will be NO beach access for swimming or sunbathing until the event ends. Parking provided at Lot 1 and the visitor center.
Refuge beaches south of the Lot 1 boardwalk are now closed until further notice to protect nesting Piping Plovers and other shorebirds. Beach access from Lot 1 is open. If you would like to learn more about Piping Plovers and why these closures exist, please follow this link.
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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 using the links below:
- Walking, Hiking & Jogging
- Wildlife Observation & Photography
- Boating & Paddling
- Beach Use
If purchasing passes at the refuge, payment can be made by cash or check only. Please call ahead to ensure that someone will be able to sell you a pass when you wish to come. Alternatively, most passes can be purchased online through Rec Access or USGS.
Location and Contact Information
To schedule a program, tour, or field trip of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, contact us at 978-465-5753, or via email at email@example.com.