Plan Your Visit

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The islands and waters within the boundaries of the Key West NWR are a haven for endangered butterflies, resident and migratory birds, sea turtles, manatee, dolphin and hundreds of fish and shellfish species.


Address and Contact Information

Administration and Office:

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex
28950 Watson Blvd.
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone- 305-872-2239
keydeer@fws.gov
Hours- by appointment 

Visitor Center:

National Key Deer Refuge (the Visitor Center for all the Florida Keys NWR's)
179 Key Deer Blvd.
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
305-872-0774
keydeer@fws.gov
Open 9-4 Mon-Fri, 10-3 Weekends (when volunteers available) 

Know Before You Go- 
The islands and marine waters that make up the Key West NWR are often referred to as the “backcountry”. The backcountry consists of hundreds of islands (keys) scattered amidst the biologically rich waters of Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  With few exceptions these islands are pristine, uninhabited islands in federal ownership .  These islands are a haven for a wide array of wildlife, from nesting sea turtles to bald eagles.  All of the islands have been designated part of the National Wilderness System.

Key West NWR is only accessible by boat.  If you have questions, the best place to start your visit is the Visitor Center on Big Pine Key.  It is open daily during the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 a.m. -3 p.m. on weekends.  The Visitor Center is accessible to all, and staffed with volunteers and refuge personnel who can answer questions and provide information.  The Visitor Center is also home to our Friends organization's Nature Store, filled with nature-oriented books and gifts.  Proceeds directly benefit the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges.