Rules and Regulations

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge.  Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.  There are plenty of activities on St. Marks NWR for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun!

ALL federal, state, and local laws and regulations are applicable on Refuge System lands and waters.

  • Refuge open year round during daylight hours (gate on Lighthouse Road opens at 6 am).
  • Observe posted speed limits.
  • Pets on leash allowed.
  • Collecting or taking of artifacts, natural features, animals or plants on government property is prohibited.
  • Please do not litter.
  • Boats are allowed in refuge pools, March 15 through October 15, however only non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are allowed.
  • Drones are prohibited.
  • Crabbing in refuge pools and ponds is prohibited.
  • ATVs not permitted on trails and levis.
  • Personal watercraft, jet skis or any other water thrust boats, air boats, and commercial boats are not permitted to launch at the boat ramp.

Administrative roads and levees may be closed during prescribed burns, peak wildlife events, especially around eagle nests, shorebird and waterfowl areas. Please check with the Visitor Center, (850)925-6121, for the latest information concerning closures.

To learn more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on the St. Marks NWR, contact David Moody at (850)925-6121 or  

Hunt Regulations