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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.


March 20, 2018 Friend's Monthly Nature Coast Lecture Series The Friends present the March Lecture in the ongoing Nature Coast Lecture Series.  The Nature Lecture series is offered on the third Tuesday of each month at the Crystal River Coast Region Library at 8610 West Crystal Street, Crystal River, from 5:30 to 6:45 each month.  The series is free to the public and offers nature and environmental topics and features a local speaker with expertise in the topics presented.  Please join us for the March Lecture.  Click Here to view the flyer and further information on the March 20 program "Florida Bats".  See You There!

March 3-4, 2018 Floral City Strawberry Festival - Join the Friends at their Booth at the Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival.  Support the Friends Nature Store - get a new T-shirt or get a cuddly stuffed manatee for yourself, a child or grandchild.  Lots of great new t-shirts to let everyone know you support the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.  Enjoy a strawberry shortcake and take home a flat of the great Floral City strawberries.

Friends Nature Store Reopening -We are looking forward to our Nature Store reopening soon.  We are looking at a middle of June date for renovations to be complete.  Watch this site for Grand Opening updates..

Watch the Chronicle for the Grand Opening Announcement

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.