The Latest Updates

COVID-19

 
OPEN
 
Wildlife Drive (7:00-7:30 Saturday through Thursday - closed Friday); entrance fees reinstated as of August 3.
"America's Best Restrooms" and the water bottle fill station daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hiking trails and restrooms along Wildlife Drive
Trails at Bailey Tract
Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge's recreation concession: rentals, paddling tours, limited boat tours (at 50% capacity), fishing charters, boat ramp, and gift shop are open. Call 239-472-8900 for the latest information. 
 
 
CLOSINGS (until further notice)
 
"Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center remains closed.
DDWS Office is closed (staff is accessible by phone - 239-472-1100 ext. 232 - or email).
 
POSTPONEMENT
 
May 22 - "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament postponed until May 14, 2020
August 19 - New Water Exhibit Unveiling postponed indefinitely 
August - Clyde Butcher Book-Signing postponed until December 2020
October 18 - "Ding" Darling Day is postponed to December 1, 2020, as part of the 75th Refuge Anniversary Celebration.
 
CHANGE OF VENUE/FORMAT
 
2021 Lecture Series - A limited schedule of five lectures will be held at the Sanibel House. Click HERE for listings.
 
Stay tuned to this site for more news of cancellations, closings, and reopenings. 
 
 
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