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Key Deer
National Wildlife Refuge


179 key Deer Blvd.
Big Pine Key Plaza
Big Pine Key, FL   33043
E-mail: keydeer@fws.gov
Phone Number: 305-872-2239
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/nationalkeydeer/
Three endangered species of the National Key Deer Refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Educational programs are available for schools, universities, and professional groups. There are also educational walks and talks held periodically throughout the year to discuss topics such as bird migrations and prescribed fire management. Please contact the visitor center at 305-872-0774 for additional information.

Fishing
Fishing is permitted from refuge lands into Florida managed waters at Ohio Key and Lonb Beach Trail on Big Pine Key. Anglers must adhere to State regulations.

Hunting
The National Key Deer Refuge does not allow hunting.

Interpretation
The visitor center provides exhibits that highlight key features of the refuge, and brochures are available that provide excellent information about the various habitats and animals found on the refuge. Interpretive refuge rangers and volunteers also frequent the Blue Hole to answer visitor questions.

Wildlife Observation
The Blue Hole, Jack Watson Wildlife Trail, and Fred Manillo Wildlife Trail (wheelchair accessible) are excellent places to start to explore the refuge. These areas provide interpretive signs along the way to highlight notable features of the various habitats. Fire roads and trails are also open for hiking at various locations. Visitors to these areas may see Key deer, alligators, and bald eagles.


Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)




Hours
The refuge visitor center is open 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday. Outdoor areas are open from dawn to dusk.

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees to the refuge.

 
 
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