Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our locations, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.

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    Calling All 4th graders!

    Starting this year, every 4th grader across the country is eligible to receive a free Park pass!

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    Ethical Wildlife Viewing

    Remember while visiting your refuge to view and photograph wildlife in a safe and ethical way.

    Ethical Wildlife Viewing

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News

Great White Heron NWR Regulations

Key West and Great White Heron regulations

Backcountry Info-The Key West National Wildlife Refuge and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge regulations are available at the following link. Please also feel free to contact us via email at keydeer@fws.gov

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eBird Trail Tracker

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Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

eBird Tracker

Visiting Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge

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This vast refuge is comprised of backcountry waters and mangrove islands extending from islands north of Bahia Honda State Park west to north of Key West area. Most areas are open to boating, however, in order to protect sensitive bird nesting, resting and feeding, and sea turtle nesting, there are areas where boat access is restricted or prohibited. Certain vessels, including Personal Watercraft (PWC's)are prohibited throughout this refuge. To download a brochure with details of the refuge and rules/regulations, click the following link.

Map & Regulations for Great White Heron NWR
Wildlife

Great White Heron

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The largest heron species, the majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex

Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS