About the Refuge


The Egmont Key NWR was established in 1974 and protects a diverse community of animals and plants, many of which are either threatened or endangered

 Designated as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1974, Egmont Key is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a national wildlife refuge to protect the island’s diverse natural, cultural, and historical features. Egmont Key is also cooperatively managed as a unit of the Florida Park Service as Egmont Key State Park. Egmont Key is on the National Register of Historic Places, while playing a prominent role in Florida’s Seminole Indian Wars, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. Situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay, this remote 280 acre island preserves the remains of historic Fort Dade, a still functioning and over 100 year-old lighthouse. It also provides important habitat for nesting sea turtles, gopher tortoises, over 30,000 nesting pairs of birds, and other wildlife.

Bird sanctuaries in the south of the island make up about 1/3 of Egmont Key, with approximately 97 acres set aside for wildlife to rest, nest, and feed.

Egmont Tear Sheet