Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.

John Muir

Tour Info:


Due to construction work on the Refuge and social distancing necessary due to the Pandemic, the tour season for 2020-2021 has been postponed. The Refuge staff hopes to have tours resume in October 2021.( posted Oct.8, 2020 )


Donation Information:

“The partnership agreement between USFWS and the Friends of St. Vincent NWR has expired.  The Friends are now assessing options for the future.  During this time period we request that donations to the Friends for memberships, turtle adoptions, etc. be placed on hold. The Friends will post information on our website as plans develop.  We sincerely appreciate your patience and support.”

                                                              (posted October 15, 2020)


The Audubon Society has written an article about National Wildlife Refuges that is very informative. If you are concerned about the continued existence of Refuges and wonder about understaffing and increased visitor numbers,this article provides some information that is eye-opening.


Red Wolves:   The Sierra magazine has written an article about the endangered Red Wolf, copy & paste address to access the article (posted Oct. 8, 2020)

(November 25, 2020): The Charleston Post Courier has an article about Red Wolves that mentions St. Vincent NWR


Photo by Debbie Hooper


St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge includes mainland sites at 14 mile, 11 mile (off of C30-A) as well as Pig Island and St. Vincent Island, which is the westernmost of 4 barrier islands in the northwestern Florida Gulf coast which include Cape St. George Island, St. George Island and Dog Island. St. Vincent Island is located just offshore in Franklin County, Florida south southeast of Cape San Blas and north of Cape St. George Island close to the mouth of the Apalachicola River and the town of Apalachicola on the Florida Panhandle.


The island is 9 miles long and 4 miles wide and comprises 12,300 acres. The triangular island is larger than most of the northern Gulf coast barrier islands and dissected by dune ridges, freshwater lakes and sloughs on the east end. The west ends supports dry upland pine forests.

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