July 2. Refuge Drive-on Lottery begins.

July 2. Refuge Drive-on Lottery begins.

Refuge Releases Details for 2012 Drive-On Fishing Permit Process
Those interested in applying for a 2012 Drive-On Fishing Permit at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge may do so from Monday, July 2nd through Tuesday, July 31st (inclusive). The specific number of permits to be issued this year has not yet been determined, but will be based on beach conditions.
Permit applicants must provide all of the following information, either in person or via mail:
– name,
– address,
– email address,
– daytime phone number
– Applicants must also provide their Massachusetts Saltwater License number OR the number of a saltwater license that was issued to them by a state that has a reciprocity agreement in place with the State of Massachusetts (NH, RI, CT).
Complete applications must be received at Refuge Headquarters no later than 4:30pm on Tuesday, July 31st. Permits will be awarded by lottery selection. Selectees will be notified by email or mail no later than Monday, August 6th. All successful applicants must pick up their permit, have their vehicle inspected, and pay the appropriate fee at the Parker River NWR headquarters by August 17th. If any permits remain unclaimed, alternates will be notified by August 20th and must pick up their permit, have their vehicle inspected, and pay the appropriate fee by August 31st. Additional information will be provided to successful applicants.
Applications can be mailed to:
Parker River NWR
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA, 01950.
Applications can also be dropped off at the same location during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 4:30 pm.
Due to the impacts of recent storms on piping plover nesting activity, the beginning of the refuge’s walk- on night fishing season will be delayed – probably until late August. Updated information will be provided via the refuge’s web site.


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