Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Report Python Sightings

    If you have a live animal in front of you right now, call 1-888-Ive-Got-1

    Report Invasive Animals with EDDMAPS

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    Ten Thousand Islands Hunting

    Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge waterfowl hunters, get your 2018-2019 permit here!

    Waterfowl Hunting Regulations and Permit

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    Good Fires Prevent Bad Ones

    Fire is an important part of Florida’s natural ecology. Prescribed burning seeks to reproduce the positive effects of natural wildfires.

    Prescribed Burning

Wild Things and Wild Places

Catch An Inshore Slam

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Red drum, common snook, spotted seatrout, and tarpon are commonly found along the Refuge's barrier islands and grass flats, enlivening anglers and wildlife watchers alike!

Learn More About Sport Fish

Experience Life Among The Mangroves

Red Mangroves

The Ten Thousand Islands area is comprised of over 230 square miles of mangrove forest, making Southwest FL home to one of the world's largest mangrove systems! Three species of mangrove found on the Refuge provide unique habitat for aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals.

Learn More About Mangroves

TTINWR Is For The Birds

Belted Kingfisher Birding

Grab your binoculars and enjoy birding at the Refuge's Marsh Trail! Follow the Brochure link for a helpful checklist of Ten Thousand Islands bird species. Find more information on this 2.2 mile round trip hike in the Plan Your Visit section of this website.

TTINWR Birding Brochure
Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR

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This 2018-2019 season, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge continues to provide the Hunting Regulations and Permit online. Click the link below to go straight to the permit and print one out for yourself!

Hunting Regulations and Permit

About the Complex

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS