NWRS Overview

National Wildlife Refuge Properties In Florida

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is one of the nation's most significant resources of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the system has grown to more than 150 million acres consisting of 555 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts.

The National Wildlife Refuge System protects the heritage of a wild and natural America that is vital to future generations. The mission of the Refuge System is to manage a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitat.

Many of these important conservancy areas are located within the state of Florida and will be the focus of these associated pages.  These areas provide a multitude of opportunities to experience the wild and natural areas of the state in relatively undisturbed environments.

Click on the graphic to access the Florida section of the US Fish and Wildlife website for refuges in order to identify recreational opportunities which do not currently have a dedicated page on this website.

Following the map provided links or selecting from the list below, you will be able to obtain more information on the following National Wildlife Refuge destinations in Florida.

Archie Carr   National Wildlife Refuge Key   West National Wildlife Refuge
Arthur R.   Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Lake   Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
Caloosahatchee   National Wildlife Refuge Lake   Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Keys   National Wildlife Refuge Lower   Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Chassahowitzka   National Wildlife Refuge Matlacha   Pass National Wildlife Refuge
Crocodile Lake   National Wildlife Refuge Merritt   Island National Wildlife Refuge
Crystal River   National Wildlife Refuge Passage   Key National Wildlife Refuge
Egmont Key   National Wildlife Refuge Pelican   Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Panther   National Wildlife Refuge Pine   Island National Wildlife Refuge
Great White   Heron National Wildlife Refuge Pinellas   National Wildlife Refuge
Hobe Sound   National Wildlife Refuge St.   Johns National Wildlife Refuge
Island Bay   National Wildlife Refuge St.   Marks National Wildlife Refuge
J.N.   "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge St.   Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
Key Deer   National Wildlife Refuge Ten   Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

 

 


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