Peacocks Pocket Road, East Gator Creek Road and Catfish Creek Road will be closed to all vehicles and all visitation while work continues on the Peacocks Pocket impoundment levee. West Gator Creek Road will remain open, but will no longer be accessible from Gator Creek Road. For further information, please contact the Merritt Island NWR visitor center at (321) 861-0669.
The refuge is currently experiencing an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The disease primarily affects waterfowl, but may affect many other bird species. If you find dead or sick birds on the refuge, please do not handle them or attempt rescue.
The Visitor Center is now OPEN !
Tuesday through Saturday - 8 AM until 4 PM.
Exhibits, movies, programs, water, restrooms, book store, and trails are available.
Hours of Operation
Year round, open 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Closed Sunday, Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Refuge roads, trails and boat ramps are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Bair’s Cove boat ramp is the only boat ramp open for night launching.
There is a $10.00 daily fee per vehicle for entry into Black Point Wildlife drive and the boat ramps. Yearly passes are available at the Visitor Information Center for $25. Visitors can pay entrance fees by cash or check at the Visitor Center between 8 am and 4 pm daily or with exact change at the self-pay stations when the Visitor Center is closed.
Annual & Lifetime Passes
$25 Annual Refuge Pass (valid only at Merritt Island NWR)
$25 Federal Duck Stamp (valid at all National Wildlife Refuges)
$20 Annual Senior Pass (valid at all National Wildlife Refuges)
$80 Interagency Annual Pass
$80 Interagency Senior Pass (lifetime pass)
Free Interagency Access Pass (lifetime pass)
Free Annual Active Military Pass (valid at all National Wildlife Refuges)
Note: All daily, annual, and lifetime permits are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. When the Visitor Center is closed, use fee envelopes and depository provided at the entrance to Black Point Drive and boat ramps for daily passes.
The refuge provides a variety of walking paths and hiking trails. All are available year- round. All trails on the refuge are generally flat, but trail substrates are variable, and may include boardwalks, foot paths, or mowed grass. The visitor center boardwalk is currently the only wheelchair accessible trail. While the trails are flat, users should keep in mind that Florida summers are hot and humid, with the potential of daily lightning storms. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated. The use of sunscreen is highly recommended as many of the trails lack shade. Trail users should be prepared for biting and stinging insects, which may be present in all seasons. Bicycles are not permitted on any of the listed trails.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.
From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge. The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway.
To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right.