April 2014

St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge
St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge

St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 12,300 acre undeveloped barrier island just off the tip of Indian Pass...

St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 12,300 acre undeveloped barrier island just off the tip of Indian Pass with a variety of habitat, numerous hiking and walking trails and 9 miles of empty beaches.

It's easily accessible via the St. Vincent Island Shuttle that departs year round from the boat launch at Indian Pass. Pack some snacks and get ready for a secluded, undeveloped adventure! You can even shuttle your bicycle over to the island to cover more ground and see even more of the natural land, wildlife and habitats.

The refuge is managed to preserve, in as natural a state as possible, its highly varied plant and animal communities. Ten separate habitat types have been identified: tidal marsh; freshwater lakes and streams; dunes dominated by live oak/mixed hardwood understory; scrub oaks; relatively pure stands of cabbage palm; and four different slash pine communities, each with its own unique understory species. St. Vincent is an important stop-off point in the Gulf of Mexico region for neo-tropical migratory birds. The island is a haven for endangered and threatened species, including bald eagles, sea turtles, indigo snakes, and gopher tortoises. Wood storks use the refuge during their migration. In addition, the refuge serves as a breeding area for endangered red wolves.

Helpful Tips:

  • Motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited – bicycles are permitted.
  • Refuge is closed during permitted hunts and storm events.
  • No potable water or telephones are on the island.
  • The 2 restrooms are located near the boathouse and by the cabin in the interior.
  • Bring water and insect repellent.
  • The refuge is open daylight hours only. No overnight camping is permitted except during special hunt season.

For more information, visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Supporters of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge websites.

Updated: Feb 20, 2017 3:32 pm

Published: Apr 2, 2014 3:41 pm

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