Hours and Entrance Fees

Refuge Entrance Sign

Hours and entrances fees are listed below.

Refuge Hours

Visitor Center Operations currently suspended
Open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Headquarters Office
Open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Closed on all Federal Holidays.

The Headquarters Area (Boynton Beach) trails, boat ramps, and other outdoor facilities (including the A, B, and C Impoundments) is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The Headquarters area is closed to public use from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am daily. The remainder of the refuge is open 24 hours.


Entrance Fees

All refuge visitors are required to pay an entrance fee with the following exceptions: Entrance fees are waived for visitors entering the refuge on foot, bicycle, or horseback; or if the visitor is in possession of a current and signed Federal Duck Stamp or America the Beautiful Interagency Pass. All passes admit the pass-holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Money collected is used to directly improve visitor experiences and assist with the cost of providing safe and meaningful experiences to refuge visitors.

Online Pass Sales
Refuge annual and daily digital passes may be purchased online before entering the refuge and displayed on a mobile device or printed out for display. Buy Your Pass Online!

Onsite Pass Sales
Refuge annual passes, Federal Duck Stamps, and America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes are available for sale (cash or check only) at the Headquarters Office from 8am-4pm from Monday to Friday. Ring the bell on the door by the flagpole and someone will come out and assist you. UPDATE: Starting Monday, April 19, 2021 all passes will be sold from the Lee Road fee booth in Boynton Beach between 11am-6pm daily. The refuge accepts payment in the form of cash or a check. Make checks payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Daily passes can be purchased online or at all three entrances. Refuge entrances are located at the Headquarters Area in Boynton Beach, the Hillsboro Area in Boca Raton, and 20-Mile Bend Area in Loxahatchee.

Commercial Van or Bus Entrance Fees
A commercial tour entrance fee is charged based on the seating capacity of the vehicle. The fee is $25.00 for up to 25 passengers, and $50.00 for 26 or more passengers. Please contact staff at least two weeks in advance to avoid conflict with other groups.

2021 Fee Free Days

Entrance fees are waived on the following days:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 15: Presidents’ Day
  • August 4: Great American Outdoors Act 
  • September 25: National Public Lands Day
  • October 10: National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11: Veterans Day


Whether you're planning a single visit or coming back multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing an Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge site-specific digital pass on Recreation.gov before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet. Your pass will also be emailed as a PDF and can be printed out for display when you arrive.

Refuge Annual Pass: $25.00
Valid for one full year from month of purchase at all refuge entrances. Buy your pass online!

Refuge Daily Pass: $10.00
Valid for one day at all refuge entrances. Buy your pass online!


Other Annual and Lifetime Passes

Federal Duck Stamp: $25.00
Valid July 1 – June 30 at all National Wildlife Refuges. Buy your Federal Duck Stamp online!

America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes
Visitors can purchase or obtain other annual & lifetime passes, including the 4th Grade Pass, Senior Pass (annual and lifetime), U.S. Military Pass, and Access Pass for permanently disabled U.S. Citizens. See prices and additional details at the USGS Store for Recreational Passes.