To reach the Refuge, you must travel southwest on highway 24 or 347 to the town of Cedar Key. You'll need a vessel to paddle,, or rent to get out to the islands. Boundary signs are on all Refuge islands; other islands are private.
The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. Visitors access the Refuge by paddling kayaks, by tour boat, private or rented vessels. For tour guides and boat rental information check these listings on the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce website. Fall, winter, and spring are much milder than summer months, but sunscreen is still a good idea along with a hat and sunglasses. Think green and bring along your own refillable water bottle.
Location and Contact Information
No tours are planned at this time.
Once 200,000 birds nested in the Cedar Keys; now, the numbers near 20,000. Egrets, night herons, brown pelicans, white ibis, cormorants, and in the past few years, reddish egrets and roseate spoonbills have made themselves at home in the Seahorse Key rookery
Getting involved at Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys NWRs will connect you to the natural world more than you could ever imagine. It could be through volunteerism or as a member of our Friends group.