Getting to the St. Vincent Island, National Wildlife Refuge
Getting There . . .
The Refuge Office/Visitor Center and the Island are not situated together.
The Refuge Office is located at the historic Fry-Conter house, 96 5th Street, Apalachicola FL. The visitor's center will be closed indefinitely, pending renovations to the building.
St. Vincent Island is southwest of Apalachicola and is surrounded by water. The closest public boat ramp to the island is located 22 miles west of Apalachicola at the end of County Road 30-B (Indian Pass Road off of Hwy 30A). From that boat ramp it is one-quarter of a mile across to the island. Boaters should be sensitive to winds, tide fluctuations, currents, storms, and oyster bars.
There is a private company, St Vincent Island Shuttle and Fishing Charters, which operates a shuttle to the Island from that location.
If you choose to boat or kayak yourself, please be aware of certain beach and refuge areas that are closed due to nesting shorebird, seabird or eagle habitat preservation. Please do not go into marked restricted areas.
Island Day Trips
The Island is easily reached aboard the St. Vincent Island Shuttle, that departs year around from Indian Pass. Launching is located less than 10 minutes from Port St. Joe, Florida and is just east and south of Apalachicola, Florida.
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