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Key West National Wildlife Refuge
Key West National Wildlife Refuge
KEY WEST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
KEY WEST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
28950 Watson Boulevard
Big Pine Key, Florida   33043

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Key West National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds and other wildlife. This refuge was the first established in the Florida Keys and one of the earliest refuges in the United States. The refuge encompasses more than 200,000 acres with only 2,000 acres of land. The area is home to more than 250 species of birds and is important for sea turtle nesting. The islands are predominately mangrove with a few beaches and salt ponds.
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May 9 mostly off-limits, but a beautiful place by Rich
I spent last week in Key West, we took our PWC out to a shallow sand flat just east of ballast Key.. it was a very pretty place, I now discovered that PWCs are not allowed.. in the Key West National Wildlife refuge .. this makes no-sense whereas they will permit boats with OBs that can be very destructive to the grass beds and wildlife.. PWCs are less destructive to the shallow environment out there. If I go back down I will look into a Special use permit for the PWC.. else I will just go to the Bahamas where there are more freedoms and much fewer rules. Please open this Area to responsible PWC owners. Jet drives do not hurt turtles or grass beds.


Directions
The refuge is accessible only by boat. However, the refuge is administered as part of the National Key Deer Refuge headquartered on Big Pine Key, which is 100- miles south of Miami. The visitor center is located 1/4-mile north of the traffic light on Key Deer Boulevard in the Big Pine Key Shopping Plaza. The visitor center can be reached at 305-872-0774.

USA Parks
USA Parks
Florida
Florida
Southeast Region
Southeast Region
Key West National Wildlife Refuge
Key West National Wildlife Refuge