Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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    Black Point Wildlife Drive is OPEN

    The Black Point Wildlife Drive is OPEN.

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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 currently closed for maintenance and repairs.

    Learn More

  • BioLab Road Is Closed

    because the National Park Service has closed the exit gate at Canaveral National Seashore.

Latest News

Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency the Merritt Island NWR Visitor Center and other refuge locations are CLOSED until further Notice.

CLOSURES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID19)

NEWS RELEASE (FONSI) for the Proposed Space Coast Trail

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Working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service (NPS) are pleased to announce that the FONSI for the proposed Space Coast Trail.

NEWS RELEASE details with the Document Download Link

Accepting Commercial Fishing Guide Permit Applications

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin accepting applications for one available commercial fishing guide permit beginning May 1, 2020. 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 April 30, 2020 to submit an application. Applications are available online and can be emailed to Merritt Island@fws.gov or delivered via the U.S. Postal Service at the above address.

See the NEWS RELEASE for more details

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

Merritt Island Refuge is proposing minor changes to hunt program through the 2020-21 regulatory process. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Tamar Kavaldjian-Liskey, Regional Hunting and Fishing Chief, tamar_kavaldjian-liskey@fws.gov, by June 8, 2020.

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program with downloadable Categorical Exclusion Checklist
Featured Stories

Duck Stamp

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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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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