U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge
photo: William Chapman
■ Established: 1968.
Acres: 12,490, Franklin and Gulf
Other management: Conservation
easements: 21 totaling 1,625 acres
in 12 counties in Florida.
■ Undeveloped coastal barrier island
with representative native plants
Migratory bird stop-over, nesting
bald eagles, nesting loggerhead sea
turtles, red wolf island propagation
Open water 264 acres, wetlands
4,566 acres, forest 5,861 acres,
shrub 1,412 acres, sand dunes 387
Financial Impact of Refuge
■ Five-person staff.
8,000 visitors annually.
■ Provide habitat for migratory
Shelley Stiaes, Refuge Manager
James Burnett, Project Leader-SMNWR
St. Vincent NWR
(managed as a staffed satellite of
St. Marks NWR)
P.O. Box 447
Apalachicola, FL 32329
Phone: 850/653 8808
Fax: 850/653 9893
Location: 22 miles southwest of
Apalachicola, FL, boat needed to
Provide habitat and protection for
threatened and endangered species
such as American alligator, bald
eagle, indigo snake, red wolf and
To manage and preserve the
natural barrier island and
associated native plant and animal
recreation and environmental
education for the public.
■ Water management for waterfowl,
wood storks, wading birds,
shorebirds and fish.
Deer management with public
Public Use Opportunities
Calendar of Events
May: Migratory Bird Day.
October: National Wildlife Refuge
weapons deer hunting.
December: Christmas Bird Count.
Questions and Answers
Can you drive to the refuge?
No. St. Vincent is a barrier island off
the coast of Apalachicola, Florida.
Do you need a boat to access St. Vincent?
Yes. If you don’t have a boat,
contact the Apalachicola Chamber
of Commerce. They maintain a list
of vendors who will take you to the
refuge for a fee.
Do you provide tours to St. Vincent?
Yes. During National Wildlife Refuge
Week and Migratory Bird Days, we
have open house tours.
When can we apply for the Sambar
Brochures and applications are
available in May.
Where is your Visitor Center located?
We are located in the John B. Meyer
Harbor House, 479 Market Street,
Apalachicola, Florida. Hours 8 am4:30 pm Monday-Friday.