Plan Your Visit

Wildlife observation from the beach - USFWS.

Know Before You Go

  • Open ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset
  • An entrance fee is charged:
    Vehicle - $4.00
    Pedestrian/bicycle - $2.00
    Annual Refuge Pass (valid for 12 months from the month of purchase) - $12.00
    Duck Stamp (valid July 1 to June 30) - $25.00
    For groups over 12, you can request an entrance fee waiver (pdf - 71KB) by filling out a fee waiver form and emailing it to Ann Marie Chapman (
  • Late October through early April offer the best times to view waterfowl on the refuges. The forests come alive in spring with the arrival of warblers and other migratory songbirds, while red fox, wild turkey and white-tailed deer may greet you year-round.
  • Mosquitoes and flies can be prevalent during the spring and summer. Be sure to bring bug spray.
  • Poison ivy and ticks are found throughout the refuge. Stay on the trails to limit your exposure.
  • Restrooms are located at the parking lot.

Points of Interest

At Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge

  • Hike the self-guided 1.75 mile nature trail through woodland areas and onto the beach;
  • Walk the beach looking for seaside animals such as harbor seals and loons;
  • Photograph wading birds from an observation blind beside a tidal lake;
  • Observe a variety of songbirds, sea ducks and warblers.

Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters is located at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, 340 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967. (631) 286-0485