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No Visitor Center.

The St. Vincent NWR administrative office is located in the historic Fry-Conter house in Apalachicola Florida.

The Refuge administrative office physical address is:

96 5th St.
Apalachicola, FL 32456

and the mailing address is:   

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 447
Apalachicola, FL 32329

The Refuge office phone number is: (850) 653-8808.  The general email address for St. Vincent NWR is: saintvincent@fws.gov

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St. Vincent Island is 9 miles southwest of Apalachicola and is only accessable by boat and there is no visitor center, no potable water, nor public phones on the island. The closest public boat ramp to the island is located 22 miles west of Apalachicola at the end of County Road 30-B. From that boat ramp it is one-quarter of a mile across to the island. Boaters should be sensitive to winds, tide fluctuations, currents, storms, and oyster bars. Visitor use is only during daylight hours however the refuge is closed for general use during hunts, fires, and storms. Bring insect repellent, drinking water, sunscreen, and a hat.

Points of Interest

St. Vincent Island, a 12,300 acre undeveloped Gulf of Mexico barrier island accessible only by boat, is the most visited Refuge unit. Paved boat ramps with no cost parking are available at the end of Gulf County Road 30-B (Indian Pass Peninsula Road) and at Ten Foot Hole under the John Gorrie Bridge in Apalachicola. St. Vincent Island offers miles of undeveloped beaches and unimproved trails for hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, nature study, and photography. Bank fishing is allowed year round. Three public hunts are offered each year from November – January.

Pig Island, a 46 acre undeveloped island located in southwestern St. Joseph Bay, is also accessible only by vessel. Care must be taken not to damage sea grass beds in the shallow waters surrounding this small Refuge island.

The 86 acre 14 Mile mainland site is located along Franklin County Road 30-A midway between the towns of Port St. Joe and Apalachicola, Florida.

All Refuge units, except the 11 Mile mainland site, are open to the public at no cost during daylight hours. No vessels are allowed overnight.

Know Before You Go

The Refuge is open at no cost each day during daylight hours. The Refuge is closed to the general public during public hunts, and may be closed during fires or tropical storms. Visitors are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Refuge. The Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of private for-profit vendors who provide the service of boating people to and from the Refuge for a fee.

There are no facilities or potable drinking water available on any of these National Wildlife Refuge units. Visitors are welcome at no cost but should bring their own drinking water, insect repellant, and sunscreen.

Boaters should make themselves aware of local marine conditions including tidal fluctuations and currents.

Overnight camping and fires are only allowed during Refuge public hunts.

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016
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