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Great Bay Turkey Hunt Lottery Open

Spring turkey season is almost here! The permit lottery for the Great Bay NWR turkey hunt is open now through April 1. All applications must be submitted through RecAccess online: Contact Ella Weber at for any questions about applying for the Youth / Novice / Mobility Impaired priority category.

Visit Us

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service welcomes you to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge! National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Here, you can enjoy excellent wildlife-dependent recreational activities, including surf-fishing, wildlife observation and photography, a variety of interpretive programs, and seasonal waterfowl and deer hunting opportunities. A large visitor center - complete with a classroom and auditorium - supports many of these public uses.


At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife come first. As you engage in recreational activities on the refuge, we appreciate your help maintaining this special place by following all rules and regulations. Information to help you recreate responsibly is included below.

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Rules and Policies

In order to safeguard both wildlife and refuge visitors, please observe the following rules and regulations:


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
6 Plum Island Turnpike Newburyport, MA 01950-4315
Refuge Hours
Every day of the week
Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Every day of the week
9am - 4pm, subject to volunteer availability