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.


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Refuge Gallery

Paddle to the islands to enjoy the beauty or take a peek at our gallery.

Creatures of Cedar Keys

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Entry to/on the Cedar Keys NWR islands

Open areas: All of Atsena Otie Key and the sand beaches of the other islands. Closed areas: All interior and/or vegetated areas of North Key, Snake Key, Deadmans Key, Live Oak Key, Scale Key, Cedar Point, and Seahorse Key. Waters around Snake Key (~100m) are closed to all entry March through June. Should the birds nest again on Seahorse, then we would need to close some waters there again. Entry to the closed area are by permit only.

COVID-19 Response Update

April 3, 2020

While outdoor sites remain open at the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges during the current coronavirus pandemic, we urge visitors to follow CDC guidelines. Maintain adequate social distancing, avoid overcrowding and exercise good hygiene. If a parking lot is full when you visit, please do not stop. Pay strict attention to social distancing guidance and do not crowd overlooks, piers, or viewing areas by compromising this guidance. We understand that the outdoors can help relieve stress, but these guidelines must be followed for our public health and safety. For now, the refuge visitor center and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. For more information please visit our webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response. The Refuges take their responsibility very seriously in protecting the public safety and welfare. We will be forced to close our public outdoor areas if visitors will not police their own social distancing precautions. Please respect the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Any questions, call/text Andrew Gude at 703.622.3896.

Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys Refuges

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The mission of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges is to provide active advocacy and physical support for the successful stewardship of the Refuges. In order to support this stewardship, the Friends of Lower Suwannee will promote awareness of these refuges, their habitats and their work, assist the scientific conservation and preservation efforts of the refuges, and advocate responsible habitat use. Thus education, volunteering, and advocacy will be the primary activities of this organization. Funds will be generated to accomplish this goal.

Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys Refuges

Pepper-busters Cross #4 Bridge

Pepper-buster volunteers, active around Cedar Keys for decades move to Lukens Tract on the Lower Suwanneee Refuge.

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Wilderness Act

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary

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We celebrate the last few months of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Three of the Cedar Keys are designated wilderness: Snake, Seahorse, and North.

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About the Complex

North Florida Refuges Complex

Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Florida Refuges 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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