A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges. Entrance to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is free.
Although entrance to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is free, the refuge offers Senior, Access, and Active Military Personnel passes at the Visitor Center in Fremont Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beginning September 1, the Visitor Center will be open Wednesday-Sunday. Please remember to bring appropriate identification. The Visitor Center is closed on all federal holidays. It may be best to call 510-792-0222 ext. 363 before coming as staff authorized to sell these passes are occasionally in meetings or conducting programs away from the building.
Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports should be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged.
The Senior and Access passes are good for the lifetime of the holder and make available (to the pass holder only) 50 percent discounts on some expanded amenity fees.
Decals and hangtags are also available: decals for those who park open-topped vehicles (like Jeeps) or motorcycles at unstaffed federal recreation sites, and hangtags for those who anticipate parking closed vehicles at unmanned facilities.
Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about passes.