National Wildlife Refuges in the Florida Keys

Information about United States national wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys off the south coast of Florida.

Great White Heron National Refuge
130,200 acre U.S. national wildlife refuge established on Big Pine Key in 1938 to protect the habitat of great white herons, other migratory birds, and wildlife. The refuge includes about 6200 acres of land and 124,000 acres of water.

Key West National Refuge
189,497 acre U.S. national wildlife refuge established in 1908 by then President Theodore Roosevelt to preserve and protect the breeding ground for native birds and other wildlife, partly because at the time bird feathers were widely used for ladies hats. The refuge protects more then 250 species of bird, and particularly wading birds. The refuge is only accessible by boat, there are no visitor facilities, but the refuge's islands, including the Marquesas Keys, can be visited by boat during daylight hours.

National Key Deer Refuge
This 8542 acre U.S. national wildlife refuge on Big Pine Key was established to protect the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the White Tailed Deer, and other threatened or endangered animals and plants. The refuge includes wetlands, marshes, and upland forest area.

No Public Access Refuges

Crocodile Lake National Refuge
There is no public access to this natinal wildlife refuge on the north side of Key Largo. The refuge is 6686n acres in size and it was created in 1980 to protect the breeding and nesting habitat of the American Crocodile and oather wildlife.

Other Parks in the Florida Keys

Florida Keys Travel Guide

See also:
Florida Travel Guide
United States Travel Guide
Pan America Travel Guide

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