Entrance Fee and Passes

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The previously postponed fee program will by restored on March 1st 2021. See information below on the fee structure and valid passes. 

We are not able to sell passes out of our office. For more information about National Access passes and how to acquire those please visit store.USGS/recreationalpasses. A list of passes you can use at this site are also listed below.  

NOTE: The Washington State Discover Pass is not valid on Federally managed public lands, including National Wildlife Refuges.

  • Daily Fee

    The daily entrance fee to the Refuge is $3.00. 


    Entrance fee and all valid passes admit everyone in a privately owned vehicle OR up to four adults on foot.


    Seasonal restrictions for pedestrian access on Auto Tour Route are in effect Oct-May.

    Youth 15 and under are always free

    For commercial use see our Permits page.

    Cash and check only - No debit/credit cards. Please bring exact change. 

    To understand how to pay your fee while onsite see this flier (also posted at payment kiosk).

    During the pandemic, the cost of entrance should not be a barrier to enjoying the Refuge. The follow list of passes may help you figure out if there is a free or reduced price option. If you are still unable to pay due to financial hardship, please check the box on the bottom of the green entrance pass as detailed in the instructions posted on-site.

  • Refuge Annual Pass

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    Cost: $15

    Good For: Entrance to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge only. Can be purchased by anyone.

    Dates Valid: One year from date purchased

    Ways to obtain a Refuge Annual Pass:

    1) Mail a check or money order for $15.00, payable to "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" to P.O. Box 457, Ridgefield, WA, 98642.  Please include the name you would like the pass to be written out to and a phone number for us to contact you in the event of a question. Passes will be mailed to the address on the check, unless otherwise requested. Until you receive your pass, enter your name on the green entrance permit when visiting, in place of your pass number.

    2) Place $15.00 cash, check, or money order into a fee envelope on-site. Please make check payable to the "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."  Include in the fee envelope a note identifying the name of the individual to be named on the pass, a mailing address for the pass, and a phone number to contact in the event of a question. Please retain the envelope stub as proof of payment. Deposit the fee envelope into the fee collection vault at either the Carty or River 'S' Unit. Until you receive your pass, enter your name on the green entrance permit when visiting, in place of your pass number.

  • 4th and 5th Grade Passes

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    Cost: Free

    Good For: Current 4th and 5th grade students. Admission to all National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation fee sites.

    Dates Valid: September through August

    Ways to get a Federal Interagency Senior Pass: 

    1) For 4th graders download voucher here.

    2) For 5th graders download voucher here.

  • Access Pass

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    Cost: Free

    Good For: Only available to citizens or permanent residents or the United States that are legally blind or permanently disabled. Admission to all National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation fee sites. It also provides a 50% discount on some federal recreation use fees. 

    Dates Valid: Lifetime. 

    Ways to get a Federal Interagency Access Pass: 

    1) Go to store.usgs.gov/access-pass to order your pass by mail.

  • Senior Pass

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    Cost: $20/year or  $80/life 

    (save your $20 annual pass from 4 years of purchasing one and trade them all in for a lifetime pass at no additional cost. Note: all 4 cards must be presented)

    Good For: Only available for purchase to citizens or permanent residents or the United States that are 62 or older.  Admission to all National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation fee sites. It also provides a 50% discount on some federal recreation use fees.

    Dates Valid: Annual or Lifetime


    Ways to get a Federal Interagency Senior Pass: 

    1) Go to store.usgs.gov/senior-pass to order your pass by mail. 

  • Active Duty Military and Veteran's Passes

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    Cost: Free

    Good For:  Only available to active duty military personnel, Veterans and their dependents.   All National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management sites that charge an entrance fee and is for active military personnel and their dependents.

    Dates Valid: One year from month of issue. 

    How to get one?

    1) For Active Duty Veterans and dependents: Go to store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes to find a list of sites that sell passes. Many of these sites are closed due to the pandemic so make sure you check their website before visiting.  

    2)For Veteran's and Gold Star Family Members: Go to www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm

     


  • Federal Interagency Annual Pass

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    Cost: $80

    Good For: Admission to all National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation fee sites. 

    Admits: Pass holder and up to three additional adults OR all passengers of one vehicle (non-commercial). Youth 15 and under are free.

    Dates Valid: One year from month of purchase. Admits the pass holder and up to three additional persons 16 or older. (Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge) Cost is $80.

    Ways to get a Federal Interagency Annual Pass:

    1) Go to store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes to order your pass by mail.

  • Volunteer Pass

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    Cost: Free with 250 documented hours of volunteer time with participating Federal agencies

    Good For: Admission to all National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation fee sites.

    Admits: Pass holder and up to three additional adults OR the passengers of a non-commercial vehicle. Youth 15 and under are free.

    Dates Valid: One year from month of issue.  

    Ways to get a Federal Interagency Volunteer Pass: 

    1) Accrue 250 volunteers hours since January 1, 2007 and apply at the participating Federal agency you have volunteered at.

  • Federal Duck Stamp

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    Cost: $25

    Good For: All National Wildlife Refuges that charge an entrance fee

    Admits: Stamp holder and up to three additional adults OR all passengers of one vehicle (non-commercial). Youth 15 and under are free.

    Dates Valid: July 1st through June 30th

    Ways to obtain a Duck Stamp:

    1) May be purchased for $25 at a United States Post Office