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  • Waterfowl Hunt Permits

    Permits are required to hunt within refuge ponds. Federal Duck Stamps are required for duck hunting and are available at the Fremont Visitor Center Wednesday-Sunday from
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It may be best to call the Visitor Center at 510-792-0222 ext. 363 prior to coming as staff authorized to sell the stamp may be in meetings or out conducting a program.

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  • Recreation Passes

    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, Active Military Personnel, and Every Kid in a Park passes. 

    Passes are available at the Visitor Center in Fremont Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  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.   

    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.

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  • Special Use Permits

    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.

    Special Use Permits may be issued by the refuge manager for commercial tour groups, research activities, special events, commercial photography and filming, or any activity not specifically permitted on this web site. If you would like to inquire about obtaining a Special Use Permit for conducting activities on the refuge, contact the  refuge manager.  If you would like to inquire about obtaining a Special Use Permit for collection for scientific research or conducting research on the refuge, contact the refuge biologist.  Or, visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more general information on Special Use Permits.

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

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

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

  • Tule Collection Permits

    If you would like to apply to collect tule this 2016 season please submit your application to by August 15, 2016. Your application will be entered into a lottery, and you will be notified of your acceptance on August 17, 2016.

    Tule Collection Application (pdf, 240 KB)

    Once accepted you will need to attend a training date at the site on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 10 am - 11 am. Upon successful completion of the training day then the special use permit will be issued to your group.

    To ensure that the refuge's tule plants at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center continue to thrive, we need to limit the number of groups that collect tule each fall season. Tule collection will need to be completed in September or October.

    Questions? Please contact Cheryl Strong at or Genie Moore at

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016
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