baby chicks and an egg on the beach
Beach Closures in Effect

As of April 1, the majority of the refuge beach is closed to all users to protect nesting piping plovers and other shorebirds. A small section of beach remains open at Lot 1. Thank you for respecting all signs, ropes, and gates while our most fragile visitors raise their families on our beach. Marsh-side access and all refuge trails remain open.

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