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Oxbow Visitor Guide

Formerly part of Fort Devens, the refuge is a haven for a variety of wildlife species, with a special emphasis on migratory waterfowl and grass/shrub land dependent birds.

Oxbow River Details

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.

Opportunities for wildlife dependent recreation abound at Oxbow. Wildlife observation, photography, and nature study are popular year-round. A two mile self-guided nature trail begins at the parking area at Still River Depot Road, follows the riverbank, crosses two oxbow ponds, and returns along the tank road. Benches and a photoblind are located along this trail. Visitors will observe plenty of evidence of the industrious beaver, and other wildlife.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities. A canoe launch is available adjacent to the parking lot. Use is restricted to daylight hours. Visitors can enjoy additional wildlife dependent recreation at the Bill Ashe Visitor Facility on Hospital Road, Sheridan Road, Goddard Trail and Esker Loop Trail, all north of Route 2.

Visit the FWS website for Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge