Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge


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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Address:c/o Chassahowitzka NWR
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone:352-563-2088
Fax:352-795-7961
Web: www.fws.gov/crystalriver
Established: 1983.
Location:Along Florida's gulf coast, 75 miles north of Saint Petersburg.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, educational programs.
Special Features:Refuge includes 30 springs from which 600 million gallons of fresh water flow daily, creating Florida's most significant naturally occurring warm water refugium for manatee. The site provides critical habitat for about one fourth of the nation's manatee population.
Habitats: 80 acres which include 20 small islands and several parcels of land surrounded by Kings Bay.
Access: Daylight hours; accessible by boat only.
Wild life: Endangered West Indian manatee, wading birds, raptors, alligators and fish.

See other parks in Florida.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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Robert Bonde has been leading a nine-year effort to study the manatee at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. There have been more than 800 wild manatee health assessments in Florida, aided by 232 manatees that have been captured, examined and released at Crystal River.