Permits, Stamps and Passes

  • Special Use Permits

    Special Use Permits may be issued for research, wood cutting, trapping, commercial filming, and other activities on the refuge that are compatible with current wildlife management plans and which help meet certain objectives. 

    Commercial still photography does not require a Special Use Permit. For commercial still photography regulations, reference the Rules and Regulations page. Contact Refuge Headquarters for more information at 763-389-3323.

    Commercial Activities SUP Application

    General Activity SUP Application

    Research & Monitoring SUP Application

  • Federal Duck Stamp

    As of March 19, 2020, in-person sales of Federal Duck Stamps are suspended while Refuge Headquarters is closed.

    Federal Duck Stamps are conservation revenue stamps; 98 percent of the $25 purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and more than 300 other refuges were established or expanded using Duck Stamp Dollars!

    When you purchase a Federal Duck Stamp you are supporting conservation, purchasing a collectible stamp, gaining free entry to fee-based refuges, and they are also required to hunt migratory waterfowl.

    For more information and how to purchase online click here.

  • America the Beautiful Passes

    There is no entrance fee at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. However, we do issue America the Beautiful Passes at Refuge Headquarters at 17076 293rd Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398 during regular hours.

    As of March 19, 2020, in-person pass sales are suspended while Refuge Headquarters is closed.

    Sales of the America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, also called Interagency Passes - are available online. To purchase a 2020 Senior Annual, 2020 Annual, Access or Senior Lifetime Pass, visit the USGS Online Store. You can find more information about these passes and fee areas, order online or plan your trip to federal public lands at

    4th Grade and Military Annual Passes are available only at on-site locations. These passes, in addition to the Access Pass, are being issued at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Visitor Center at the St. Paul Science Museum of Minnesota from Friday through Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm.

    Learn more about the passes available for purchase: