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.


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    Refuge Brochure

    Visiting the refuge? Download a digital copy of the refuge brochure before your visit.

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    Hobe Sound NWR Photo Gallery

    See the wonderful variety of wildlife and habitat on the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound NWR in our photo gallery.

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    Hours and Entrance Fees

    An entrance pass is required for vehicles at our beach parking lot. Fees are waived if you have an annual or lifetime pass.

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    News Releases

    Stay current on some of the latest news and happenings at the refuge.

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What's Happening

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Enjoy the convenience of purchasing a Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge site-specific digital pass on before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet.

Hours and Entrance Fees

Hobe Sound NWR has a New name: Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge!

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It is with great honor that we announce the name of the Refuge has officially changed to Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge! The late Nathaniel P. Reed was a great environmentalist in Florida and friend of the Refuge. His family was instrumental in creating the Refuge.

Pardon Our Dust!

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Pardon our dust! We’re preparing to replace the existing education center with a brand new facility! The project will take about a year to complete and once finished will be a huge upgrade in providing for our youth and community.

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Nature Center

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The Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting an environmental awareness in people of all ages. You don't want to miss it !

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Refuge Activities

Scrub Habitat Management

The refuge is planning management activities that include mechanical trimming and mulching with large equipment to restore scrub habitat and benefit a variety of plants and animals, including threatened and endangered species.

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About the Complex

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Complex

Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Complex.

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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.

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