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Permits and Passes

  • Permits

    Special Use Permits are required for research projects, requests to use refuge facilities for special functions and/or group activities. Camping permits are required for the Florida National Scenic Trail and the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. Hunting permits are required for all hunting on the refuge.

    Florida National Scenic Trail - Trail and Camping Information, and Camping permits 

    Outside of research projects, requests to use refuge facilities for special functions and/or group activities must be made in writing to the Refuge Manager at least 6 weeks in advance of the activity. Each request will be evaluated for compatibility with refuge objectives and, if approved, will be handled by a Special Use Permit. A fee may be applied for the special use permit issued.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for NWRS Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Fees

    Daily Pass - Cars and Motocycles: $5
    Bicycles and Pedestrians: $1

    St. Marks NWR Annual Pass - $15

    National Park Annual Pass - $80
    Lifetime Senior Pass - $10 (Age 62 and over)
    Lifetime Access Pass - Free for citizens medically determined to have a permanent disability
    Military Annual Pass - Free to US active duty military members and their dependents
    Duck Stamp - $15 (Valid July 1 - June 30)

  • Passes

    Entrance fees are required of all visitors traveling from the Visitor Center on Lighthouse Road through the refuge. Annual, daily and Federal Recreation Fee passes are available. A user fee for the boat ramp is collected at the Aucilla River Unit.

    A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges.

    Existing Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes with an expiration date will be honored until they expire. 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.

    Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps,” are valid for refuge admission and are available for purchase in the Nature Store in the Visitor Center. 

    St. Marks NWR sells an annual pass ($15) that is good for admission to the St. Marks Unit including the saltwater boat ramp. 

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for more information about Federal passes.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014
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