Facility Activities

Big Boggy has two public waterfowl hunting areas that are open in accordance with State waterfowl seasons.  

Visitors can fish the navigable waters in Boggy Creek which is accessible by boat from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. 

Big Boggy NWR offers two public waterfowl hunting areas, Matthes Field and Pelton Lake, each providing a different type of hunt. One is located along a flight path ducks use as they leave their resting area in the morning and head to the marshes. While the pass shooting can be quite successful...

Boats provide the best way to see many refuges. Some refuges limit the use of motorboats to certain areas, subject to restrictions on engine size.
Many Fish and Wildlife Service sites make great destinations for flatwater canoeing or kayaking. Some sites have concessions that rent canoes or kayaks. Some sites offer scheduled paddle tours. See individual refuge websites for details.
Fishing is available at 378 units (343 national wildlife refuges and 35 wetland management districts) of the National Wildlife Refuge System, almost 20 national fish hatcheries and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters. Virtually every type of sport fishing is represented. Anglers must follow state and federal regulations. Check individual sites for season dates and size, day and possession limits.