Refuge roads, trails and boat ramps are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Bairs Cove boat ramp is the only boat ramp open for night launching. The Visitor Information Center is open 9 am to 4 pm daily November 1 through March 31. April 1 through October 31 the Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. It is closed most federal holidays.
From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge. The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway. To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right. GPS coordinates to the Visitor Center are: 28.641467 and -80.735842 or Latitude 28 38' 29.28" N, Longitude 80 44' 9.03" W
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There is a $5.00 daily fee per vehicle for entry into Black Point Wildlife drive and the boat ramps. Yearly passes are available at the Visitor Information Center for $15. Cash or check only. Visitors can pay entrance fees by cash or check at the Visitor Center between 9 am and 4 pm daily or with exact change at the self-pay stations when the Visitor Center is closed. Annual & Lifetime Permits$15 Annual Refuge Pass (valid only at Merritt Island NWR) $25 Federal Duck Stamp (valid at all National Wildlife Refuges)
$35 Canaveral National Seashore Annual Pass (Valid only at Canaveral NS and Merritt Island NWR)
$80 Interagency Annual Pass $10 Interagency Senior Pass (lifetime pass)
$0 Interagency Access Pass (lifetime pass)
Note: All daily, annual, and lifetime permits are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. When the Visitor Center is closed, use fee envelopes and depository provided at the entrance to Black Point Drive and boat ramps for daily passes.
•Bird watching opportunities are good all year, but are best from October through April. Waterfowl are most abundant from November – February.• Alligators can even be seen in winter on warm, sunny days, but are most easily viewed when basking in the spring and fall. Alligators may be encountered on the wildlife drive or any of the trails; it is potentially dangerous (and a violation of state and federal law) to feed or harass this reptile in any way. •Mosquitoes and flies may be prevalent during spring and summer months; be sure to bring bug spray. •Overgrowth on trails and dikes may conceal snakes, poison ivy, or stinging insects. •There are no shelters for visitor protection from the sun or inclement weather, except at the visitor center. •Drinking water is only available at the visitor center. •Restrooms are located at the visitor center and at Stop 9 on Black Point Wildlife Drive.
Merritt Island NWRPO Box 2683Titusville FL 32781Phone: 321-861-5601Email: MerrittIsland@fws.gov
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Merritt Island NWR has one of three strong hold populations of the threatened Florida scrub-jay.