The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to award a concession contract at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge for the operation of the tram tours, kayak tours, rental equipment, nature outfitting retail store, and fee collection at the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area. This announcement calls for proposals for existing business operations and the future business opportunities for the facilities and services required by the Service. The contract will be awarded for 10 years with the possibility of a 5-year extension.

A Site visit for interested parties will be held Feb 6th at 10AM at

Visitor Education Center

1 Wildlife Drive

Sanibel, FL 33957

 Email any questions to by Feb 13, 2024 and all responses to questions will be posted here on Feb 20, 2024.

 Proposals are Due February 28th, 2024. Submit your proposal to

View the Prospectus and other documents for more information.