Parker River Parking Update

Beach lots 2 and 7 are open for public use as of August 5. Lots 3 and 6 remain closed as shorebird nesting continues in these areas. 

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. Come explore YOUR national wildlife refuge by visiting us during open hours, or joining one of our programs and events!
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Compatibility Determination for Fishing

The final Compatibility Determination for fishing maintains most and expands one fishing area; discontinues off-road vehicles to protect migratory birds, mitigate beach and dune erosion, and ensure public safety.

To read the full announcement, visit:

To read the public comment analysis, visit:

To read the final compatibility determination, visit:

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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

      About Us

      Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 primarily to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge is of vital stopover significance to waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds during pre- and postbreeding migratory periods. The refuge consists of 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitat including sandy beach and dune, shrub/thicket, bog, swamp, freshwater marsh, salt marsh salt marsh
      Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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      and associated creek, river, mud flat, and salt panne. These and other refuge habitats support varied and abundant populations of resident and migratory wildlife including more than 300 species of birds, and additional species of mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians, and plants. 


      To schedule a program, tour, or field trip of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, contact Ranger Jean Adams at 978-572-5622, or via email at

      What We Do

      Every  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.

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       was created for a special purpose. Some were created to protect migratory birds, others to protect threatened or endangered species or unique habitats, while others fulfill another special purpose. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect migratory birds and associated marsh wildlife. All activities allowed on the refuge must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded.


      Do you want to be part of one of this country's oldest and most successful conservation efforts? Do you want to connect with your community and help facilitate outdoor recreation and support youth conservation education programs?

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      Our Organization

      The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is "working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

      Our Species

      Although Parker River NWR was established to protect migratory birds, countless other species have benefited from these protections. Today, the refuge is home to over 300 species of birds, and countless other mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. Please note, all of the animals that live on the refuge are wild. Never approach or attempt to feed any wildlife.

      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....

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      Alternatives to the Refuge

      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.

      Get Involved

      Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.