General Trip Planning Information
The refuge is located in the Gulf of Mexico and is accessible only by boat. Most visitors depart from either the Mississippi Gulf Coast or Venice, LA.
Public use centers around fishing and wildlife viewing.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
Barrier islands are compose of open sand and shell beaches and overwash and marsh and dune grasses and vegetation. There is no shade present. There are few places where a boat can actually reach the island, visitors must wade through shallow waters, sometime for a considerable distance. Visitors should plan on wearing light clothing and a wide brimmed hat in summer and carry plenty of sun screen and fresh water.
Safety and Current Conditions
Stingrays and small to medium size sharks are present in the shallow flats surrounding the islands.