Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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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.

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    Join our refuge photography club. We meet 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (Nov-Jun)

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NEWS

Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency the Great White Heron NWR Visitor Center is CLOSED until further Notice.

VISITOR CENTER CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID19)

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

Click here for restrictions

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