• Black Point Wildlife Drive is OPEN !

    Black Point Wildlife Drive has re-opened for visitor use.

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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.

    Learn More

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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.

Latest News

NEWS RELEASE: Proposed Visitor Center EA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date 12/09/2019 Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge a Announces the Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Visitor Center with Public Comments Due January 17, 2020

News Release of Proposed Visitor Center and link to the Environmental Assessment

Accepting Commercial Fishing Guide Permit Applications

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin accepting applications for four available commercial fishing guide permits beginning November 30, 2019. Persons who do not currently possess a permit to guide on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and would like to secure one, have until December 30, 2019 to submit an application.

See the NEWS RELEASE for more details

Events of Interest


View the details of some interesting upcoming events. The Black Point Bus Tour as well as the Butterfly Survey.

Events Listing

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.
Featured Stories

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

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS