Your fee dollars help us provide a memorable visitor experience. They fund parking, interpretive signage and trail maintenance. This money also goes towards interpretative programs and activities, as well as visitor facility improvements. We greatly appreciate your support.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge also sells and issues passes for the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass Program and the Federal Duck Stamp. Details about all entrance fees and passes are found below.

Cash or check are required for pass sales. Credit card sales are not available. Passes are available at Refuge Fee Booth from April - October. Additionally, passes are available year-round at the Visitor Center, located at 4005 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Please call (757)301-7329 ext. 3106 to schedule an appointment.

Pass Options

Hikers and BikersFREE
Back Bay NWR Vehicle Daily Entrance Pass$5.00

Back Bay NWR Annual Pass

Valid for one year from date of purchase


Federal Duck Stamp

Valid for one year, July 1 to June 30, at all National Wildlife Refuges


America the Beautiful Annual Pass

Valid for one year from date of purchase


America the Beautiful Military Annual Pass

Issued to active service members and their dependents, U.S. military cadets and active reservists; valid for one year from date of issue

America the Beautiful Military Lifetime Pass
Issued to retired service members, veterans and Gold Star familiesFREE

America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime Pass

U.S. citizens or residents 62 yrs. or older


America the Beautiful Senior Annual Pass

U.S. citizens or residents 62 yrs. or older

Valid one year from date of purchase; may be collected over multiple years to cover cost of Lifetime pass


America the Beautiful Access Pass (Lifetime)

Permanently disabled U.S. citizens or residents


Every Kid Outdoors Pass

U.S. 4th graders; Valid at federal recreation sites for one year, September 1 to August 31


Commercial Vehicles - Daily Pass

20 people or less

More than 20 people



America the Beautiful Military Pass Details

Military personnel and their dependents who present, in person, a U.S. Department of Defense CAC identification or DD Form 1173 (dependent identification) and are in the following military personnel classifications are eligible for a Military Annual pass:

  • Current members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard 
  • Dependents of current U.S. military members with DD Form 1173 
  • U.S. Military Cadets 
  • U.S. Active Reservists - Do not need to be deployed 

Military personnel who present a veteran identification card, license with a veteran's insignia or identification card from the Department of Veteran's Affairs are eligible for a Military Lifetime pass. Please note that dependents of veterans are not qualified for the lifetime pass.

  • Retired members of the Armed Forces 
  • Veterans of the Armed Forces 
  • Gold Star Families 

The following individuals/groups do not qualify for the interagency Military Annual Pass:

  • Foreign military members (including those stationed in the U.S. and have a CAC card)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employees
  • Public Health Service (PHS) members
  • Inactive US Reservists
  • Civilian military contractors
  • Civilian military employees