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    Join us on Facebook and stay up to date on what is happening on the refuge.

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    Support the Friends Group!

    The non-profit group helps the refuge put on special events, promotes awareness, and so much more!

    Merritt Island Wildlife Association

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    Manatee Viewing

    The Manatee Observation Deck is a handicap accessible opportunity to view manatees in the wild.

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    Adopt a Trail Program

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce this new program to help reduce and control litter. Become a proud participant.


Duck Stamp


Duck Stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.

Duck Stamp Program

About the Complex

Merritt Island Complex

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The Merritt Island Complex manages St. Johns, Merritt Island and Lake Woodruff NWR's.

Merritt Island is managed as part of the Merritt Island 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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  • Waterfowl Hunt


    Waterfowl hunting is permitted only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years day during the season. The 2016-2017 season is November 19-27 and December 10-January 29. Hunting occurs in most areas of the refuge from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 pm. Hunting is prohibited on Black Point Wildlife Drive. For information about quota permits visit

    2016/2017 Refuge Hunt Permit/Brochure
  • Found Wildlife


    Have you found a baby bird in your yard? See an injured bird on the road? Racoons in your attic?

    Find Out What To Do.
  • Deer, Hog, & Waterfowl Hunt Changes

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    There are several changes to both the Big Game and Waterfowl hunts this year. Most notably a permit fee increase to $25.

    Hunt Modifications for 2016
  • Fee Free Days!


    Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2016.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2016


  • Monthly Butterfly Survey

    150blackswallowtailAmyEvenstadJune 04, 2016 - July 02, 2016

    Volunteers Needed - No experience necessary. Participate in a butterfly survey and learn to identify butterflies.

    View the schedule
  • Nature Watch Tour

    150otterChrisPaulPhotographyJune 03, 2016 - August 06, 2016

    Enjoy a narrated driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus and learn about refuge wildlife.

    Nature Watch Tour
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