Wild Things and Wild Places

Seasonal Camping Closures In Effect

Camp Closure Hatchlings

A seasonal camping closure is now in effect through the end of September on the beaches of Panther Key, Coon Key, and Round Key due to nesting sea turtles and shorebirds. Human influences, including campfires, tents, and boats can disrupt nest site selection and safe emergence of hatchlings.

Learn More: Rules and Regulations

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

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

TTINWR Is For The Birds

Belted Kingfisher Birding

Grab your binoculars and enjoy birding at the Refuge's Marsh Trail! Follow the Brochure link for a helpful checklist of Ten Thousand Islands bird species. Find more information on this 2.2 mile round trip hike in the Plan Your Visit section of this website.

TTINWR Birding Brochure
Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR


This 2017-2018 season, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge continues to provide the Hunting Regulations and Permit online. Click the link below to go straight to the permit and print one out for yourself!

Hunting Regulations and Permit

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