About the Refuge

Bird in Water

The Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. Herons, cormorants, egrets, endangered brown pelicans and many more species use this quiet refuge for nesting. Tarpon key, one of the islands making-up the refuge, hosts the largest brown pelican rookery in the state of Florida. The abundant green sea grass beds around the island are protected from motorized boat activity.

Crystal River NWR Complex
Pinellas NWR

1502 Southeast Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone: 352/382-0102
Fax: 352/382-0691 
E-mail:Crystalriver@fws.gov