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Overlaying John F. Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in August 1963 to provide a buffer zone for space flight operations. Approximately one-half of the refuge's 140,000 acres consist of brackish estuaries and marshes. Waterfowl hunting is permitted on...

Approximately 40,000 acres of brackish lagoon waters, including Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and Banana River are open to fishing. Day-time bank fishing for saltwater species is available from many dike roads, Patillo Creek, Eddy Creek and Haulover Canal. Bank fishing after dark is not...

The refuge's coastal location, tropical climate, and wide variety of habitat types contribute to its diverse bird population. To date, 357 species have been identified on the refuge.

There are breeding populations of Bald Eagles, Brown Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Reddish Egrets and...

Exploring a refuge by canoe or kayak combines adventure with physical activity and an intimacy with nature that's hard to beat.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge provides a variety of educational opportunities for all ages in an effort to increase an awareness and appreciation for the natural environment. The refuge offers free guided or self-guided programs that can be scheduled by calling 321-861-0669. Call to...

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...

Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors. ...

Painting, drawing, and journaling are not just a relaxing activities for many, it can also be a great teaching tool for educators and group leaders. For this reason, we encourage visitors to take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge...

Black Point Wildlife Drive, a 7 mile auto tour, is our most popular wildlife viewing area. Many refuge dike roads also offer excellent wildlife observation and photography opportunities. The Manatee Observation Deck is a handicap accessible opportunity to view manatees in the wild.