Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Virtual Swim with the Manatees

    Experience the Virtual Swim with the manatees online !

    Virtual Swim

  • Florida Manatee Recovery Plan

    The purpose of recovery is to focus on implementing, monitoring and addressing effectiveness of conservation to reduce threats.

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    The Florida Manatee

    This gentle giant is threatened largely because of alteration and destruction of coastal habitats by man.

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    Volunteers Needed !!

    Would you like to be apart of something great? Come volunteer for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge!

    Volunteer Opportunities

Important Information

Shutdown Swimming

January 11, 2019

To determine if Three Sisters Springs is open to swimmers, see the schedule linked below:

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CCP Scoping Meeting Presentation Available

Crystal River NWR hosted a public scoping meeting on October 26, 2017. If you did not get a chance to attend, please see our presentation on our Planning page. Make sure we receive your comments before December 1, 2017.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

2017-2018 Three Sisters Springs In-Water Management Protocol

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Click the link below, to see latest Protocol and Guidelines for Opening and Closing Three Sisters Springs. Photo credit: Broderick Jenkins

Protocol and Guidelines for Opening and Closing Three Sisters Springs 2017-2018

Mind Your Manatee Manners

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Observing from a distance is the best way to protect manatees and all wildlife. Watch manatee manners videos before swimming, diving, or boating.

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Get Involved

Help Make A Difference!


Support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by assisting in the conservation of our public lands and the protection of our natural wildlife resources and their habitat.

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About the Complex

Crystal River Complex

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crystal River 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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