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The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Crystal River, Chassahowitzka, Egmont Key, Passage Key and the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuges.


Jan 14-15, 2017 - FREE Open House at Three Sisters Springs.  The Friends of Crystal River and the Crystal River Wildiife Refuge will host a FREE Open House to the public at Three Sisters Springs.  Three Sisters will be open free to the public, Saturday, Jan. 14, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, Jan. 15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There will be FREE bus transportation from the Manatee Festival to Three Sisters.  Board the bus at NE 5th Street and NE 1st Avenue (across the street from Vintage on 5th).  There will be free tours, education activities and the Friends Nature Store.  Click here for more information.  Click here to see a map of the FREE bus pick-up.  Please join us for a great educational experience and to see manatees in the springs!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - Friends of Crystal River Annual Meeting.  This FREE event will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw Street, Homosassa, FL from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Our featured speaker will be Dr. James "Buddy" Powell, Executive Director of the Sea to Shore Alliance.  Click here for more information about this event.

February 11, 2017 - Last Open House of the season at Three Sisters Springs .  FREE bus transportation from Kings Bay Plaza to Three Sisters Springs. 

Manatees In Three Sisters Springs

Welcome to the Friends of Crystal River
National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Inc.

The Friends is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, organized in 1998 to support the mission of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge located in Crystal River Florida. Donations are tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor for further guidance. The Crystal River Refuge is part of a Refuge Complex that extends from St. Marks Wildlife Refuge 25 miles south of Tallahassee to Passage Key off the coast of St. Petersburg, FL. We are an all-volunteer organization. Contact us (see Contact Page) to see what you can do to help.

Manatee Mother and Calf

Crystal River, Florida is the wintering home to the endangered West Indian Manatee. When the temperature in the gulf drops below 70 degrees, manatees travel to the warmer waters of the sanctuaries of Kings Bay and Three Sisters Springs. All of Kings Bay has been designated a year-round permanent manatee refuge by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For more information on manatees click on this link to www.fws.gov/crystalriver and search for manatees. 

View Our NEW Virtual Tour!
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Three Sisters Springs.
Travel through the Underwater World and
learn about  Manatees in their habitat

Mission of the Friends of Crystal River 501( c ) 3 non-profit organization

  • Conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  
  • Support the stewardship of the National Wildlife Refuge system.  
  • Promote better awareness, appreciation conservation and responsible utilization of the Refuge Complex.  
  • Promote the preservation of the natural and historical resources of the Refuges, foster their use and enjoyment by the public, consistent with the protection and preservation of the environment.
  • Engage in such education, scientific and civic activities to assist the Refuges.
  • The Friends is a Charitable Trust registered with the State of Florida. Information can be obtained by contacting Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gift Giver’s Guide.