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Admission fees for Wildlife Drive increase

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Oct 7, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge increased entry fees starting Oct. 1.

On Oct. 1, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife Drive admission fees changed as a result of feedback from prior public meetings and approval by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Daily vehicular admission fees increased from $5 to $10 and annual passes from $12 to $25. Entry fees for pedestrians and cyclists entering Wildlife Drive or Indigo Trail remain at $1 for ages 15 and older.

Admission to the Visitor & Education Center — closed now — and Bailey Tract trails are still free.

The cost of the Senior Pass, Access Pass and other federal passes remain the same and are available for purchase — plus annual refuge passes — at Tarpon Bay Explorers, at 900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.

A fee change has not been implemented at the refuge since the 1990s.

Fees collected at the Wildlife Drive booth go directly to the refuge to enhance visitor-related services, including increased accessibility to refuge trails, facility maintenance and other accommodations.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.