Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Calendar of Events

    Check out the upcoming events at your refuge. Call the refuge at (850)925-6121 for more information.

    Events Calendar

  • Every Kid

    Hey Fourth Graders!

    See America’s natural wonders and historic sites. Fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures free for a full year.

    Learn more about Every Kid Outdoors

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    e-Bird Tracker

    See what birds are being spotted here at the refuge with our e-Bird Tracker before you visit!


  • Friends

    Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

    We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to helping the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission.



Refuge Open - Visitor Center Closed

March 18, 2020

Out of concern for the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, all refuge tours, classes, and other events have been canceled until further notice. The refuge remains open during daylight hours. Daily entrance fees have been waived. The Visitor Center and Lighthouse are closed. Restrooms are available near the picnic area. All trails and the boat ramp are open. Call 925-6121 with questions; call 911 for an emergency. Take the necessary precautions and stay well!

FWS Coronavirus Response the meantime, have fun!

March 25, 2020

Looking for something fun for your kids to do outside? Here are several activities you can do with your kids while social distancing either at the refuge or at home.

Go get activities

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

St. Marks Refuge is proposing minor changes to hunt program through the 2020-21 regulatory process. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Tamar Kavaldjian-Liskey, Regional Hunting and Fishing Chief,, by June 8, 2020.

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program with downloadable Categorical Exclusion Checklist

Hunt Release

June 15, 2020

2020-21 St. Marks/St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges Hunt Information Hunt worksheets and application links for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge 2020-21 Quota hunts are available May 15, 2020. Please go online at , scroll down to National Wildlife Refuge Hunts, select hunt and complete the application form and submit online or take it to a license agent or tax collector office beginning 10:00a.m. (Eastern Time) May 15, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) June 15, 2020. Spring gobbler applications open November 1 – 30, 2020. Each application costs $5.00. For more information on hunts, click on the link.

2020-2021 Hunt Release
Frosted Flatwoods Salamander

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander


The frosted flatwoods salamander is associated with the longleaf pine flatwoods that once extended across much of the Southeastern U.S. Today, due largely to habitat loss, their range within Florida has been reduced primarily to Apalachicola National Forest and St. Marks NWR. Because of this reduction in numbers from loss of habitat, the frosted flatwoods salamander is listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander

About the Complex

North Florida Refuges Complex

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Florida Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS