Permits, Stamps and Passes

  • Special Use Permits

    Special use permits may be issued for research, wood cutting, trapping, commercial filming, and other activities on the refuge that are compatible with current wildlife management plans and which help meet certain objectives. 

    Commercial still photography does not require a special use permit. For commercial still photography regulations, reference the Rules and Regulations page. Contact Refuge Headquarters for more information at 763-389-3323.

    Special Use Permit Applications:

  • Federal Duck Stamp

    Federal Duck Stamps are conservation revenue stamps; 98 percent of the $25 purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and more than 300 other refuges were established or expanded using Duck Stamp Dollars!

    When you purchase a Federal Duck Stamp you are supporting conservation, purchasing a collectible stamp, gaining free entry to fee-based refuges, and they are also required to hunt migratory waterfowl.

    For more information and how to purchase online click here.

  • Federal Recreation Passes

    We are unable to issue passes at this time and apologize for this inconvenience.

    Please call and check-in with the site where you would plan to use your pass. Some federal sites are not collecting fees currently and a pass is not needed. If a site has resumed collecting fees, you should be able to purchase a pass at their entrance gate or first fee collecting station.

    Some passes are available for purchase online. To purchase a 2021 Senior Annual, 2021 Annual, Access or Senior Lifetime Pass, visit the U.S. Geological Survey Online Store. You can find more information about these passes and fee areas, order online or plan your trip to federal public lands at More advice about pass purchasing is available at the COVID-19 Update for Federal Recreation Passes.

    4th Grade, Veteran and Military Annual Passes are available only at on-site locations. In the Twin Cities, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is issuing these three non-fee based passes at their Mississippi River Visitor Center in the Science Museum. They are open 9 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

    Learn more about the passes available:

    *There is no entrance fee or parking permit required to visit the refuge*