Salt marsh under partially cloudy sky.
Public Comment Period Open for Habitat Management Plan

The 30 day public comment period is open through October 28 for the Draft Habitat Management Plan for Parker River and Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuges. The Habitat Management Plan provides a long-term vision and specific guidance on managing priority species, habitats, and ecosystems. Open houses will be held on October 11 at 12:30pm and 6pm at Refuge Visitor Center at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA.

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.

Other Facilities in the Complex

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 TurnpikeNewburyport,MA01950-4315
Refuge Hours
Every day of the week
Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Every day of the week
9am - 4pm, subject to volunteer availability