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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.

CURRENT EVENTS

The Friends thank all of  our guests and sponsors for making our March 15 "Wearin of the Green" fundraiser a great success.  A great time was had by all attendees.

We thank all of our sponser; Anonymous*, Friend*, Ardath Prendergast and Tom Gotterup, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, Citrus County Chronicle, Citrus Orthopaedic & Joint Institute, Economic Development Counci, Inc, Jim Green Jewelers, Michael Bays State Farm Insurance, Rebecca Bays, Insurance-Resources & Risk Management, Skyview at Terra Vista.  We also thank our other donors, InverMed Properties, LLC, Marilyn & J. Albert Jordan, Kane's Ace Hardware, Plantation on Crystal River, Rock Crusher RV Park, Wilder Funeral Home.

 Visit our Facebook page (see link below) to view all photos from event!

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. 

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.