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Masachusetts Parks: Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Massachusetts Parks: Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Still River Depot Road

Harvard, Ma 01451

978-443-4661

Located  35 miles northwest of Boston, the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is over 1600 acres of upland, flood plain forest and wetlands surroiunding the winding Nashua River in the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Harvard and Lancaster. It's hard to imagine now, but at one time the Nashua was an extremely polluted river that would run red, green, yellow, whatever color dyes the paper factories up river were flushing into it that day. It was a dead river. Today, thanks to the dedicated folks of the Nashua River Watershed Association, and the Clean Water Act of 1972 , (that's good government) it has returned to natural health. In the summer there is on-road biking, motorized and non-motorized boating, and fishing and hiking. Maintained by the U.S Fish and Wild Life Service. While there you might want to visit the Fruitlands Museum, 210-acre site including the 1843 Fruitlands Experiment led by Bronson Alcott, the Shaker Museum, a Native American museum and a Fine Art gallery.

More info: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/oxbow/

For more Massachusetts Parks see Nature Examiner Home Page.

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