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


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    St. Marks Hunting Opportunities

    Hunting Opportunities include Big Game Hunting, Migratory Bird Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Upland Bird Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting.

    See the Hunting Regulations Brochure

  • Calendar of Events

    Check out the upcoming events at your refuge. Call the refuge at (850)925-6121 for more information.

    Events Calendar

  • Every Kid

    Hey Fourth Graders!

    See America’s natural wonders and historic sites. Fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures free for a full year.

    Learn more about Every Kid Outdoors

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    e-Bird Tracker

    See what birds are being spotted here at the refuge with our e-Bird Tracker before you visit!


  • Friends

    Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

    We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to helping the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission.



Refuge Open - Visitor Center Closed

June 16, 2020

Out of concern for the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, all refuge tours, classes, and other events have been canceled until further notice. The refuge remains open during daylight hours. The Visitor Center and Lighthouse are closed. Restrooms are available near the picnic area. All trails and the boat ramp are open. Call 925-6121 with questions; call 911 for an emergency. Entrance fee required. Take the necessary precautions and stay well!

FWS Coronavirus Response


St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge staff are currently re-shaping Grade 6 and Grade 8 in the Newport Unit hunt area just east of Lighthouse Rd. and south of U.S. Hwy 98. This will include capping the top of the road with Road Base. The work has been slowed by the rain we received in the last few weeks. Therefore, the roads will not be open for vehicle travel when the archery season opens on September 19, 2020. We plan to have the roadwork done and the gates open after September 30, 2020. Hunters are welcome to walk in or use bicycle access in until we open the gates. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think you will appreciated the greatly improved roads

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. St. Marks NWR has made changes to the hunt program in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process.

Learn the Details . . .

Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge


We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to helping the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission. Learn more about us and other partners.

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Frosted Flatwoods Salamander


The frosted flatwoods salamander is associated with the longleaf pine flatwoods that once extended across much of the Southeastern U.S. Today, due largely to habitat loss, their range within Florida has been reduced primarily to Apalachicola National Forest and St. Marks NWR. Because of this reduction in numbers from loss of habitat, the frosted flatwoods salamander is listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander

About the Complex

North Florida Refuges Complex

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Florida Refuges 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