Coatue is part of a larger wildlife refuge system that includes 104 acres at The Haulover, which is also owned by the Conservation Foundation, 916 acres of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, owned by the Trustees of Reservations, and the 42 acre Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge at Great Point, owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Access to the refuge is limited to narrow, soft sand roads that can only be traversed by four-wheel drive vehicles. A valid Oversand Vehicle Permit is required and can be purchased at the Wauwinet Gatehouse on the Wauwinet Road between May and October (phone 508-228-0006). Portions of the refuge are closed to vehicles between May and August to protect rare and endangered nesting shorebirds. The Foundation staffs a Ranger Station at Bass Point on Coatue from June through early September, and The Trustees of Reservations also patrol the properties on a daily basis.
PLEASE NOTE: TO PROTECT SHOREBIRDS AND OTHER WILDLIFE, DOGS ARE PROHIBITED ON COATUE BETWEEN APRIL 1ST AND SEPTEMBER 15TH. YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED!