Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

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Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Massachusetts

(978) 562-3527

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Overview

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (refuge) encompasses 3.5 square miles located within the towns of Hudson, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury which is approximately 20 miles west of Boston. Formerly part of Fort Devens, this area was known as the Sudbury Training Annex. The U.S. Army transferred 2,230 acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the fall of 2000.

The refuge has a large wetland complex, several smaller wetlands and vernal pools, and large forested areas which are important feeding and breeding areas for migratory birds and other wildlife. It also has 15 miles of trails (half are open to biking) open to the public for the enjoyment of nature as well as a visitor center located on Winterberry Way (open Thurs-Sun, 10-4; trails are open 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset). Our primary purpose is to manage these lands for migratory bird conservation. The refuge is one of eight national wildlife refuges that comprise the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Map of Assabet River NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 42.395102, -71.469681

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are allowed on Winterberry Way, Harry's Way, Taylor Way, White Pond Road and Patrol Road only.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed subject to refuge regulations, State and Federal laws and permit restrictions. Fishing is allowed at Puffer Pond near Puffer Pond Trail at the Barron Fishing Access Site.

  • Hiking

    There are 20 trails ranging from 0.1 miles to 2.3 miles. The large wetland complex and the contiguous forested areas found here today are important feeding and breeding areas for migratory birds. Please help conserve this unique natural habitat and minimize disturbance to wildlife by staying on designated trails.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed subject to refuge regulations, State and Federal laws and permit restrictions. The most intense hunt period is during the shotgun deer season which is typically early December. Other than the deer season, hunt pressure is generally light. For more information about hunting on the refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/assabetriver/hunting.html.

Seasonality/Weather

The refuge is open from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. They are not currently charging a fee for use of the refuge trails or parking area, but will institute a fee program in the future.

Park Partners

Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit that works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives, recreational and educational goals and support diverse programs related to the refuge.

They promote educational programs related to the refuge and natural history of the area. They organize events and programs that help make the refuge more available to the public and work with refuge staff to help improve the refuge. This work also provides an opportunity for members to get to know the refuge.

Directions

Driving

There are currently two parking areas on the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. The main parking lot is on Hudson Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts, three miles west of the Sudbury Town Center. The north gate parking area is off White Pond Road, reachable from Route 117 in Stow, Massachusetts.

Administrative staff for the refuge are located at Great Meadows NWR. To reach the office and visitor center at Weir Hill, follow Route 27 (1.7 miles) from Wayland and turn right onto Water Row Road. Follow Water Row Road (1.2 miles) until it ends and turn right onto Lincoln Road. Travel one half mile, turn left onto Weir Hill Road and follow to the end.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(978) 562-3527

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