National Wildlife Refuge
James Burnett, Refuge Manager
St. Marks NWR
1255 Lighthouse Road
St. Marks, FL 32355
Phone: 850/925 6121
Fax: 850/925 6930
* Established: 1931.
* The refuge is located on the Gulf
Coast 22 miles south of
Tallahassee, Florida. It contains
68,931 acres in Wakulla, Jefferson
and Taylor counties (17,746 acres
of this is designated Wilderness).
Plus, an additional 31,500 acres in
the Gulf of Mexico.
* The refuge administers 14
conservation easements totaling
roughly 1,200 acres in Georgia
* The refuge may be reached from
Tallahassee by driving 16 miles
south on FL Highway 363 then
east on U.S. Highway 98 for
three miles to Lighthouse Road,
County Road 59, then three miles
south to the office and visitor
* The refuge has concentrations of
waterfowl, wading birds, raptors
and songbirds. There are also
several active rookeries, eagle
and osprey nests, and a diverse
native mammal population.
* 32,000 acres of woodlands
including bottomland hardwoods,
cypress or tupelo swamps and
* 35,000 acres of marsh and water.
* A large number of cultural sites
extending through prehistoric,
Spanish Colonial and Civil War
Financial Impact of Refuge
* 21-person staff.
* $1,964,000 budget (FY 05).
* 300,000 visitors annually.
* Provide wintering habitat for
waterfowl and other birds.
* Provide habitat for endangered
* Provide habitat for resident
* Provide for wildlife-dependent
recreation and environmental
education for the public.
* Water management for waterfowl
on 1,500 acres of impoundments.
* Prescribed fire.
* Forest management.
* Public hunting.
* Law enforcement.
Public Use Opportunities
* Hiking trails.
* Auto tour route.
* Fishing and hunting.
* Wildlife observation.
Calendar of Events
January: small game hunt, duck
March: Impoundments open for boat
fishing March 15, shorebird
April: Welcome Back Songbirds
Festival, spring turkey hunt, Spring
May: Welcome Back Manatee
September: Coastal Awareness and
October: Monarch Butterfly
November/December: deer hunting,
waterfowl tours, duck tours.
Questions and Answers
What iw'q I do or see here?
You may take our seven-mile wildlife
drive, hike on 85 miles of marked
trails (including 41 miles of the
Florida National Scenic Trail);
observe and photograph wildlife from
roadsides, dikes, observation decks or
from a boat. The refuge is transected
by five navigable rivers and has 35
miles of Gulf Coast between the
Ochlockonee and Aucilla Rivers. Fact
sheets, detailing wildlife behavior and
likely viewing locations, are provided
at the visitor center. The refuge
bookstore offers a variety of
publications about the plants and
animals native to North Florida.
When is the best time to visit?
October through May are the most
comfortable times. Winters are mild
with good wildlife viewing
opportunities. If you come in the
summer months, prepare for hot,
humid weather and bring insect
repellent. The refuge visitor center is
open year-round, 8 am to 4 pm
Monday-Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday-Sunday. Closed on