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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.


Great News!  The Friends NEW Nature Store and the new Visitor's Center are "open for business".  The Store is open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Friday at 865-871 N. Suncoast Blvd in Crystal River, FL.

Grand Opening - On November 10, from 10 am to 2 pm we will celebrate with our Grand Opening.  New Merchandise - Great Sale pricing - FREE hot dogs, soda and chips.   Click on this Link to see the flyer for this event.    The Friends will also celebrate their 20th Anniversary on this day.  1998 - 2018. 

Nov. 13, 2018 - Monthly Nature Coast Lecture Series- Vic Doig, Wildlfe Biologist & Fire Management Officer, USFWS, guest speaker, Click Here for location and detals.

December 8, 2018  - Friends Annual Sunrise Bird/Boat Tour with Breakfast. For more inf. Click Here to see flyer/  Click  Register for Boat Tour to register and pay online.  Only 60 spots for this event.  

December 15, 2018  - Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Day - Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, FL.  Free admission, Free bus transportation from Kings Bay Plaza.  Rescheduled from Oct. 13 due to Hurricane Michael.  Click here for details.

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.