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Federal Recreation Passes

There is no entrance fee or parking permit required to visit the refuge.

Staff and volunteers are issuing America The Beautiful passes on Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425). Call us for any questions or pass availability at 952-854-5900.

Some passes are available for purchase online. To purchase a Senior Annual, Annual, Military Annual Access or Senior Lifetime Pass, visit the U.S. Geological Survey Online Store. You can find more information about these passes and fee areas, order online or plan your trip to federal public lands at Recreation.gov.

Passes available:
  • Senior Lifetime Pass ($80)
  • Senior Annual Pass ($20)
  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass ($80)
  • Military Lifetime Pass (Free to veterans. Free for Gold Star Families, with completed online voucher)
  • Military Annual Pass (Free to active military, veterans and Gold Star Families)
  • Access Pass (Free, with conditions)
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass (Free for 4th graders, with completed online voucher)

NOTE: Per regulations, passes may not be given as a gift and must be signed at the time of purchase, except for the America the Beautiful Annual Pass.Picture identification will be required at the time of purchase, and some passes require additional documentation.  

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Kayakers navigating a swamp full of trees and lily pads.

Some 30 national wildlife refuges  charge visitors a nominal entrance fee (generally $3-$5 daily)  to cover road and facility maintenance.  If you are a regular visitor or would like to visit other public lands, you could save by buying an America the Beautiful Federal...

Children in yellow shirts run down a path or trail at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Every Kid Outdoors program allows 4th-graders to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.

Annual 4th Grade Pass

Cost: Free, non-transferable, valid for the duration of the 4th-grade schoolyear though the following summer (September-August).