National Wildlife Refuge
Susan Silander, Project Leader
Michael Evans, Refuge Manager
Sandy Point NWR
Buck Island NWR
3013 Estate Golden Rock,
Christiansted, VI 00820-4355
Phone: 340/773 4554
Fax: 340/713 8971
* Established: 1969.
m Acres: 45.
m Location: the island is located 2
miles from the south coast of St.
m Administered under Caribbean
Islands NWR office.
m The island was transferred to the
Fish and Wildlife Service due to
"its value for migratory birds."
However, birds rarely use the
refuge because of an abundance
of black rats.
* Although the rocky coastline
offers little in the way of
recreation potential, the
surrounding waters contain reefs
and a shipwreck that attract
large numbers of snorkelers,
divers, and boaters.
m The Coast Guard maintains a
lighthouse on the refuge.
Financial Impact of Refuge
* No staff.
* 100 visitors annually.
To manage and protect natural plant
and wildlife communities.
Public Use Opportunities
* Bird watching.
Questions and Answers
/s the refuge open to the public?
Yes, this island refuge is open during
daylight hours, seven days a week
(boat access only).
Are there birdwatching opportunities
Little nesting occurs due to the
presence of introduced rats; however,
visitors may see red-billed tropic
birds, frigate birds, terns, laughing
gulls, and other species in the vicinity
of the island.
Is there a lighthouse on the island
that is open to the public?
The historic Buck Island Lighthouse
is closed to the public. It is now in a
deteriorated condition and no longer
operational and has been replaced by
an automated navigation light.
Are diving opportunities available at
Federal property does not include
waters surrounding the island;
however, spectacular reefs are in
close proximity to the refuge and
commercial dive trips are offered out
of St. Thomas, USVI.
/ thought Buck Island belonged to the
U.S. Park Service, Are there two
Buck Islands in the Caribbean?
Yes, Buck Island Reef National
Monument (belonging to the U.S.
Park Service) is locatedjust off the
north coast of St. Croix, USVI. Buck
Island National Wildlife Refuge is
about 2 miles from the south coast of
St. Thomas, USVI.