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Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge
Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge © Ben Prepelka
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Manatee mother and her young show scars from boat propellers
EGMONT KEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
EGMONT KEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, Florida   34429
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The Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1974 and protects a diverse community of animals and plants, many of which are either threatened or endangered. This island refuge was once the site of the former United States Army Fort Dade Military Reservation, and abundant reminders of this unique military past can be found scattered throughout the island today. Silent gun batteries testify to a time when mighty battleships reigned supreme on the world's oceans, and a brick carriage road meanders across the island recalling the days when mules and horses carried military personnel and their dependents on sunny picnics to the beaches. Today, gulls, least terns and other birds perch on the now silent batteries, while Gopher Tortoises, box turtles and an occasional tourist traverse the old carriage roads. Egmont key, an island that once quaked under the sound of massive coastal cannon fire, now resides quietly amid the sounds of wildlife as, once more, nature has taken over this little slice of Florida paradise
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Things To Do in the Area
Tampa Bay Ferry - Tierra Verde, FL
Boating
Daily Egmont Key Ferry from Fort DeSoto County Park. US Coast Guard Certified Tour Boats. Private Charters Available for any Occasion
4.1 miles from park*

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Area Campgrounds
Holiday Cove RV Resort
11900 Cortez Road West
Cortez, FL
800-346-9224
Palm Bay RV Park
751 10th Street East US 301 North
Palmetto, FL
941-722-7048
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Directions
Egmont Key is located at the mouth or entrance to Tampa Bay. There are no bridges connecting it to St. Petersburg (to the north) or Anna Maria Island (to the south). Access is limited to watercraft only. Private charters are available in both Manatee and Pinellas Counties for a fee.

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