The Latest Updates

COVID-19

 
OPEN
 
Wildlife Drive (7:00-8:00 Saturday through Thursday - closed Friday) with no entrance fees
All hiking trails along Wildlife Drive and at Bailey Tract
Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge's recreation concession: rentals, paddling tours, boat tours (at 50% capacity), fishing charters, boat ramp, and gift shop are open. Wildlife Drive tram tours are not being offered until further notice. Call 239-472-8900 for the latest information. 
Restrooms along Wildlife Drive
 
CLOSINGS (until further notice)
 
Bailey Tract parking lot on Tarpon Bay Road from 12:01 a.m. July 3 through 11:59 p.m. July 6 to discourage beach parking during the holiday weekend. 
"Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center and restrooms
DDWS Office (staff is accessible by phone - 239-472-1100 ext. 232 - or email)
 
CANCELLATION
Free Summer Refuge Programs - June 8-August 8, 2020
Sanibel Independence Day Parade with "Ding" Darling as Grand Marshal - July 4, 2020
 
POSTPONEMENT
 
May 22 - "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament postponed until May 14, 2020
August 19 - New Water Exhibit Unveiling postponed indefinitely 
 
EYE ON NATURE: Check out these real-time Wildlife Web Cams to observe nature from your home. 
 
Stay tuned to this site for more news of cancellations, closings, and reopenings. 
 
 

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