The Latest Updates


Wildlife Drive (7:00-7:30 Saturday through Thursday - closed Friday) with no entrance fees
All hiking trails
Restroom facilities on Wildlife Drive
Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge's recreation concession, is open for rentals and boat ramp useage as of 8 a.m. May 7. The gift shop is also open, observing strict distancing measures. Tours and charters are not being offered until further notice.
CLOSINGS (until further notice)
"Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center 
Bailey Tract parking lot on Tarpon Bay Road (to deter beach parking); still accessible via Island Inn Road
DDWS Office (staff is accessible by phone - 239-472-1100 ext. 232 - or email)
May 22 - "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament postponed until May 14, 2020
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. 
Support local restaurants during this crisis by ordering takeout, delivery, or gift cards. Thanks to the Islander newspaper for compiling and providing this list.

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