Facility Activities

Ten Thousand Islands NWR protects habitat for some of the most unique species on the continent, including endangered manatees, wood storks and sea turtles. This interesting habitat, consisting of small islands interlaced with small coastal waters, also draws blue-winged teal, mottled ducks, ring...

The fresh and brackish marshes are open during daylight hours. Available species include redfish, snook, gray snapper, spotted seatrout and sheepshead. Freshwater fishing is accessible from U.S. Route 41, 2.5 miles east of intersection of Florida Hwy. 92 and U.S. 41. Access in this area is...

One of the best ways to view wildlife at Ten Thousand Islands is from our Marsh Trail and Observation Tower. This 2.2 mile round trip trek follows the only access trail found on the refuge. The first ¼ mile of the trail is paved, the rest being a wide gravel road. The 2-story...

Biking is a good way to see wildlife, learn about habitats and photograph nature. Yield to pedestrians; many refuge routes are multi-use trails. Biking may be permitted at sites where it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose. E-bikes are permitted on any refuge roads and trails where traditional bicycle use is allowed, if it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose and the refuge manager determines it to be a compatible use.

One of the best ways to enjoy Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is from the water The refuge offers four canoe and kayak trails with launch sites located off of U.S. 41. The Refuge currently does not provide parking for trails 1, 3, and 4; Please use caution when accessing those...

One of the best ways to view wildlife at Ten Thousand Islands is from our Marsh Trail and Observation Tower. This 2.2 mile round trip trek follows the only access trail found on the refuge. The first ¼ mile of the trail is paved, the rest being a wide gravel road. The 2-story observation tower...

Birders will be delighted with the variety of feathered friends present on the refuge and especially visible from the Marsh Trail. Birds are best viewed during the winter season, from approximately October – March.  Wading birds such as egrets, herons, including the black-crowned night-...

Camping on the white sands of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge offers a primitive Southwest Florida experience that is often an ideal complement to fishing, canoeing and kayaking, or simply connecting with nature in the Refuge. 

Camping is allowed only on the outer...