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Federal Wilderness Areas


Congress designated wilderness areas in the Lower Florida Keys Refuges on January 3, 1975 to be managed under the Wilderness Act of 1964. All of the refuge islands in Key West NWR are part of this system.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys. Key West NWR is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Key West is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife 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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Key West National Wildlife Refuge

Key West refuge

This refuge is comprised of backcountry waters and mangrove islands extending from Key West west to the Marquesas Keys. The entire refuge is designated as a "Federal Wilderness Area" Most areas are open to boating, however, in order to protect sensitive bird nesting, resting and feeding, and sea turtle nesting, there are areas where boat access is restricted or prohibited. Certain vessels, including Personal Watercraft (PWC's)are prohibited throughout this refuge. To download a brochure with details of the refuge and rules/regulations, click the following link.

Map and Regulations for Key West NWR
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sea Turtle Banner:, EKIP Logo: National Park Foundation, Facebook Logo: Facebook, Mangroves: Kristie Killam/USFWS, Heron Sunrise: Mickey Foster, Cartoon pelican: Nancy Chatelaine
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2016
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