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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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  • Conference Three Sisters Springs Manatee

    Audio file of the Three Sisters Springs Manatee Conference.

    Media conference on Three Sisters Springs Manatee

Important Information

Draft Three Sisters Springs Management Plan

Joyce Palmer, refuge manager of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, will present a proposal to the Crystal River City Council to maintain the beneficial partnership between the city of Crystal River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and chart a positive path forward for the management of the Three Sisters Springs property.

Draft Three Sisters Springs Management Plan

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

Water Mngmnt Promo Pic

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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