Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Starting this year, every 4th grader across the country is eligible to receive a free Park pass!

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    Living with Crocodiles

    Crocodile-human conflicts are still extremely rare, but as with almost any animal, people must still use caution when living near them.

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Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency, the National Key Deer NWR Nature Center located at 30587 Overseas Hwy is CLOSED until further Notice. The public use areas, like Blue Hole, the Nature Trails and rustic trails/fire roads remain open as usual from dawn to dusk.


Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities at Croc Lake get you "behind the scenes" in this unique refuge.--- Currently volunteer opportunities are on hold due to the Covid 19 situation. As soon as opportunities become available, we'll let you know. Thanks for volunteering!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at Croc Lake

eBird Trail Tracker

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Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

eBird Trail Tracker

American Crocodile

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One of the primary reasons that the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 was to protect and preserve critical habitat for the American crocodile. American crocodiles historically occurred throughout mangrove and estuarine areas of South Florida, including the Florida Keys.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex

Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys Wildlife 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.

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