The staff of our Refuges have been working in partnership with the staff of the University of Florida's new Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) ever since NCBS started building its science programs in Cedar Key and the whole Big Bend region. With the significant cuts to the number of staff at the Refuges, this cooperation between the organizations has increased the science available to the Refuge managers and has provided insight and connections to the community for the newly established NCBS.
After two years of program building and physical construction, NCBS officially opened its facility in Cedar Key on September 23, welcoming the community to visit. More than 1,000 people attended. In addition to touring the new building, two Refuge boats and three NCBS boats shuttled visitors back and forth all day to Seahorse Key, which is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. There, the visitors could see the island and the lab which NCBS manages at the Light Station in a partnership arrangement with the Refuge.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Refuge Information from the Refuge Manager
The Nature Drive on the Levy County side of the Refuge is now open. Finally, the road is dry enough to travel safely and without damaging the roadbed.
The Dixie Mainline has been closed because of major damage to a culvert from last month's rain. The County plans to open it on or about September 12, at least temporarily.
Access by vehicle to the Refuge roads in both Levy County and Dixie County is still very limited because of the heavy rainfall in recent weeks.
Even when roads are closed to vehicles, they are open to pedestrians and bicycles.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For an digital version,
Click on the Photo Below
For Information about getting a Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit and a Deer Bag Report, Click Here
To Apply for a Permit to Hunt on the Lower Suwannee Refuge,
For a copy of the Deer Harvest Log, Click Here
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