National Wildlife Refuges That Charge For Entrance
Will Waive Their Entry Fees on Dates in 2017

Nearly 500 refuges offer free entry year-round


Across America, national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors amid scenic beauty. From Hawaii to Texas and Indiana to Delaware, 31 refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on these days in 2017: 

  • January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 20 – Presidents' Day
  • September 30 – National Public Lands Day
  • October 8 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11-12 – Veterans Day weekend

With almost 500 national wildlife refuges open to the public, only 31 charge admission, ranging from $3 to $8 per vehicle, to help fund their recreation-related projects. The 2017 entrance fee waiver does not cover concessionaire or permit fees for some activities such as hunting, fishing or special tours.

Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge. Use the online zip code locator to find one close to you.


The following 31 national wildlife refuges charge an entrance fee:

Roseate spoonbills at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Michael Rosenbaum by permission
Roseate spoonbills at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National
Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Michael Rosenbaum by permission

Pacific
Kilauea Point Refuge, HI
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Refuge, WA
Dungeness Refuge, WA
Ridgefield Refuge, WA
Turnbull Refuge, WA (Fee March 1-October 31)*

Southwest  
Bosque Del Apache Refuge, NM
Aransas Refuge, TX
Buffalo Lake Refuge, TX
Laguna Atascosa Refuge, TX
Santa Ana Refuge, TX

Midwest
Crab Orchard Refuge, IL
Big Oaks Refuge, IN
DeSoto Refuge, IA/NB
Mingo Refuge, MO

Southeast
Holla Bend Refuge, AR
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge , FL
Hobe Sound Refuge, FL
J.N. Ding Darling Refuge, FL
Merritt Island Refuge, FL
St. Marks Refuge, FL
Okefenokee Refuge, GA
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Refuge, MS

Northeast
Bombay Hook Refuge, DE
Blackwater Refuge, MD
Parker River Refuge, MA
Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge, NJ
Elizabeth A. Morton Refuge, NY
Back Bay Refuge, VA
Chincoteague Refuge, VA
Occoquan Bay Refuge, VA

Pacific Southwest
Sacramento Refuge Complex, CA

* Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in Washington charges an entry fee seasonally.