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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Why are some areas closed?


Certain areas are designated as wildlife sanctuaries and are set aside to provide nesting and resting habitat for sea turtles, shorebirds, colonial seabirds and other migratory birds.

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What is the military history on Egmont?


Ft. Dade was built in 1882 on Egmont Key with temporary gun batteries to protect Tampa at the outbreak of the Spanish/American War. Over 70 buildings were built between 1899 and 1916 and a small town with 300 residents existed.

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See what birds are being spotted here at the refuge with our e-Bird Tracker before you visit!

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The Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Inc is the official refuge support group. The group was formed in 2007. Since then, the Friends of Tampa Bay NWR have helped raise awareness and resources for the protection of wildlife and habitat in Egmont Key NWR, Pinellas NWR and Passage Key NWR, including the recruitment and training of about 100 volunteers.

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About the Complex

Crystal River Complex

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crystal River 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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