Permits, Stamps and Passes

  • Federal Recreation Passes

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

    Staff and volunteers are issuing passes Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm at Refuge Headquarters

    For fee-based passes, we can only accept cash or check payment. We cannot accept credit card payment.

    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

    Learn more about the passes available:

  • 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.

    Duck Stamps are available for purchase at the Friends of Sherburne's Eagle's Nest Nature Store. Open from 10 am to 2 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Oak Savanna Learning Center, they also have an online store.

    For more information about these conservation stamps, click here.