Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


red kayak beached on the sand

Refuge Gallery

Paddle to the islands to enjoy the beauty or take a peek at our gallery.

Creatures of Cedar Keys

We Need You!

Pepper-busters Cross #4 Bridge

Pepper-buster volunteers, active around Cedar Keys for decades move to Lukens Tract on the Lower Suwanneee Refuge.

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Wilderness Act

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary

Maple Leaf

We celebrate the last few months of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Three of the Cedar Keys are designated wilderness: Snake, Seahorse, and North.

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About the Complex

North Florida Refuges Complex

Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Florida Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS