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Arrive at the Indian Pass boat ramp adjacent to Indian Pass Campground at the end of SR 30B between 8:15 and 8:30am (EST). The last shuttle to the island departs at 8:45am and we want to have everyone shuttled to the island by 9am. There is usually good birding at the boat ramp while we are waiting to cross and there is a public toilet as well.
We will take a commercial shuttle to the island. Although there is no fee for the tour, the shuttle has a cost of $10 per person cash, payable on the return shuttle. If you kayak or arrange another way to get to the island, please check in first with the greeter on the mainland before going.
St. Vincent is a refuge. The welfare of the wildlife on the island is of primary importance. Please keep in mind:
1. Pets are not allowed on the Refuge.
2. There is no potable water, so please bring water, snacks and lunch with you.
3. You must be able to walk short distances over sand and possibly muddy terrain so
please wear appropriate footwear.
4. Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended. A hat and clothing appropriate for
direct sun may be helpful. It can be chilly in the mornings so please check the
weather and choose appropriate attire.
5. There are two composting toilets, one at the start of the tour, one at the midpoint
of the tour. Please carry out all trash.
6. The tour is conducted from an open wagon with stadium style seating. Bring a
boat cushion or towel for padding if you so desire.
7. Tour ends between 1 and 2pm depending on circumstances.
This is a fantastic opportunity to travel the length of St. Vincent Island, observing its
flora and fauna and learning of its history with Carol Brown who is the Tour Coordinator
with St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.
Group size is limited to 22 people. Call Donna Legare to sign up (850) 386-1148. We
will most likely have a waiting list, so if you sign up and then find out you cannot be
there, we need to know right away. Also, whenever I take this tour, I bring along my
checkbook to support the Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. They do such
good work. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars!
Should weather cause cancellation, you will be informed the night before, so please
check your e-mail if weather looks to be a potential issue.