Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Wild Things and Wild Places

Catch An Inshore Slam


Red drum, common snook, spotted seatrout, and tarpon are commonly found along the Refuge's barrier islands and grass flats, enlivening anglers and wildlife watchers alike!

Learn More About Sport Fish

Waterfowl Hunting at TTINWR


The 21-22 waterfowl hunting season begins Sept. 18 in accordance with State of Florida. Hunters, review the regulations and get your permit online now! Every member of your hunting party must have a signed permit on their person while hunting the TTINWR marshes.

TTINWR Waterfowl Hunting Regulations and Permit

Experience Life Among The Mangroves

Red Mangroves

The Ten Thousand Islands area is comprised of over 230 square miles of mangrove forest, making Southwest FL home to one of the world's largest mangrove systems! Three species of mangrove found on the Refuge provide unique habitat for aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals.

Learn More About Mangroves
Manatee Mitigation Success

Manatee Mitigation Success

Manatee Face

Picayune Strand Manatee Mitigation Feature Showing Signs of Success! Mantees who take refuge within warm Port of the Islands waters are responding well to a mitigation feature planned for by Service Biologists and Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Partners. Follow the link to read the full article by Ken Warren, USFWS.

Manatee Mitigation Success

About the Complex

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge 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