Ten Thousand Islands
National Wildlife Refuge
|12085 State Road 29 South
Immokalee, FL 34142
Phone Number: 239-657-8001
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|As part of the nation's largest archipelago, Ten Thousand Islands NWR is home to sea turtles and manatees in its surrounding waters and a myriad of animals.|
Boating and fishing are allowed in the refuge. The fishing in the tidal mangrove estuary is outstanding, with anglers targetting redfish, spotted seatrout, snook and snapper. Boat launching facilities are available in Goodland (off of S.R. 92) and Port-of-the-Islands (off of U.S. 41).
Only duck and coot hunting are allowed on a estimated 4,000 acres of fresh and brackish marsh, accessible from U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) at designated sites. Permits and special regulations apply. Contact the refuge office for more details.
The variety of wildlife in the refuge attracts birdwatchers and nature lovers. Manatees are frequently viewed in and around the refuge. Wildlife can be viewed from boats or by foot on a one-mile trail located off of U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Currently, this is an unimproved trail, with limited roadside parking. Future plans include improving this trail with a parking lot, interpretive signs, observation tower, and paved bike path.
Refuge camping is limited, for the most part, to the coastal beaches during the winter months, when the mosquitoes and sandflies are less annoying. Refuge camping is directly associated with fishing and wildlife observation, and is a traditional use of these areas.
Hunting Guides (Special Use Permit required): $50.
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