Facility Activities

A wide array of recreational activities are available on the refuge.

Refuge waters include Intracoastal Waterway and surf fishing at North Beach. Saltwater fishing is permitted on the beach and along the Intracoastal Waterway. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include bluefish, spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum, spot, Spanish mackerel and snook....

A wide variety of animals can be seen on the Refuge. Shorebirds and seabirds flock to the Refuge beach. Reptiles, amphibians and fish can be seen on display at the Visitor Center as well as along the Refuge trails.

Scenic photography opportunities are boundless at the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. You can capture amazing sunrises when the Refuge opens at the Indian River Lagoon beach or the Atlantic Ocean beach. Our trails also provide great wildlife photography opportunities...

Leashed dogs are allowed ONLY on the trails around the Visitor Center. Pets of any kind are NOT permitted anywhere else on the Refuge, which includes the beach at the north end of the Refuge (on Jupiter Island). Not allowing dogs on the Atlantic Coast beach protects sea turtles and nesting...

Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.