St. Vincent

Fishing

brochure St. Vincent - Fishing
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Sport fishing on the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Franklin County, Apalachicola, Florida is permitted as a use that is compatible with the area’s primary objectives of protection and management of endangered species and migratory birds. Fishing seasons are designed to minimize disturbances to endangered species such as nesting bald eagles. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Regulations Open areas Open freshwater areas, comprising 272 acres, are shown on the map. The provisions of these specific regulations supplement the regulations which govern fishing on wildlife refuge areas which are set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 33. Sport fishing shall be in accordance with all applicable State and Federal regulations subject to the following specific regulations: 1. Fishing is permitted from sunrise to sunset. 2. Boats with electric motors are permitted. All other motors must be removed from the boats and secured to a motor rack with a lock and chain. 3. Boats may not be left on the refuge over night and camping is prohibited. 6. Fishing is permitted in Lakes 3, 4, and 5, May15- September 30. April 2005 5. Fishing is permitted in Lakes 1, 2, and Oyster Pond, April 1 September 30. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 1 800/344 WILD http://www.fws.gov 4. The use of live minnows as bait is not permitted. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 447 Apalachicola, FL 32329 850/653 8808 saintvincent@fws.gov Sport Fishing Regulations St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Refuge Office Apalachicola N 30-C Rd 0 Miles 14 Mile 0 1 1 Kilo Apalachicola Bay Rd H 4R d A Rd. Jun gle Rd Dune Rd Lake 5 cannot be reached by boat and has very limited fishing shoreline due to extreme-dense marsh vegetation. Oyster Pond can be reached by entering the pond’s outlet channel on the island’s south shoreline three miles west of West Pass. Lakes 1-4 cannot be reached by boat from Oyster Pond. Water Control Structure The St. Vincent Creek structure may be open and low water levels may make access difficult to Lakes 1 thru 5 during that time period. Oyster Pond water levels will be allowed to fluctuate naturally and access may be difficult. d hR eac ti B S Ch hell a R Rd rlot d te Tah i In su la to rR d d 6R d 5R G Wi Rd ndm ill R d 7R d R Sn attl ak e eR d. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is a 12,350 acre undeveloped barrier island located in Franklin County approximately 9 miles offshore from Apalachicola. The freshwater Lakes 1-5 can be reached from the island’s east shoreline near West Pass. The Outlet Channel near West Pass may be used for access to Lakes 1-4. Lakes 1-4 are connected by small pole-boat channels. Access is easier with small boats, therefore, two boats are normally required to fish on St. Vincent Island; the usual pond-type jon boat (approximately 14') for use in the lake system and a larger boat for safe and efficient travel on coastal waters. 7 Rd 5 Rd Gulf Of Mexico 6 Rd Rd I 3R d 2R d 1R d Freshwater Lakes Rd J G Rd GG Rd F E RRd DR d CR d BR d AR d d 0R d Cabin 14 Mile St. Vincent Boundary Salt Marsh/Lakes Roads Additional information 5 Rd Pickalene Rd Indian Pass Rd Dune Rd Cabin West Pass Rd Surf Fishing In addition to seasonal fishing in the interior lakes, year-round surf fishing is permitted, except in signed Closed Areas. A saltwater fishing license is required.

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