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  • The Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (not to be confused with Three Lakes near Miami) is the largest remaining expanse of dry prairie in the United States. It is located approximately 70 miles ...

  • The Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. Herons, cormorants, egrets, endangered brown pelicans and many more species use this q...

  • The Pine Island NWR is located on the southwest coast of Florida, north of Sanibel Island in the Pine Island Sound. It is administered as part of the J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR. The refuge w...

  • Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1905. This 30-acre meandering barrier island was once a mangrove island with a fresh water lake but a hurricane in 1920 had destroyed most of...

  • The over 35,000-acre Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County provides important habitat for the endangered Florida panther, bald eagle, roseate spoonbill and the crested cara...

  • Protecting the heart of the Big Scrub, the 14,283-acre Juniper Prairie Wilderness is perhaps the best known of the four wilderness areas in the Ocala National Forest thanks to its frontage and prom...

  • The Mud Swamp/New River Wilderness is part of Apalachicola National Forest, located in the Panhandle. The 8,090-acre (33 km sq) refuge was established on September 28, 1984.

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  • Matlacha Pass NWR, administered as a satellite refuge of J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR, is located within the Matlacha Pass Charlotte Harbor estuary, Lee County, Florida, approximately 8 miles ...

  • the Little Lake George Wilderness is the smallest of the wilderness areas on the Ocala National Forest, but it’s the only one that boasts a shoreline.

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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 establishe...

  • Protecting the heart of the Big Scrub, the 14,283-acre Juniper Prairie Wilderness is perhaps the best known of the four wilderness areas in the Ocala National Forest thanks to its frontage and prom...

  • The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecos...

  • The Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located in the Cape Haze area of Charlotte County. The 20-acre (81,000 m sq) refuge was establi...

  • Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, was established September 30, 1969. It is a coastal refuge bisected by the Indian River Lagoon into two separate tracts of land totaling over 1000 acres.

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  • Half Moon WMA is a 9,554-acre composite of wetlands, hammocks, flatwoods, and improved pasture.

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  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to...

  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established in June 1989 under the authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the Florida panther and its habitat. The refuge consists of 26,400...

  • This mature mangrove forest and wetlands provide a protected roosting, foraging and nesting area for a multitude of state and federally listed species of migratory and resident birds. In addition, ...

  • 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.

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  • The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeve...

  • Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 to protect critical breeding and nesting habitat for the endangered American crocodile and other wildlife. The refuge is located in n...

  • Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located on the west coast of Florida, about seventy miles (100 km) north of St. Petersburg.

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  • A federal wildlife refuge for manatees has been established at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee river on San Carlos Bay near Fort Myers....
  • Bull Creek WMA comprises 23,646 acres in eastern Osceola County, near the town of Holopaw. Natural communities include longleaf pinelands, slash pine-palmetto flatwoods, scattered cypress and mixed...

  • The Bradwell Bay Wilderness is part of the United States National Wilderness Preservation System, located in the Panhandle. The 24,602 acre (100 km²) wilderness was established in 1975. "...

  • The Billies Bay Wilderness is part of Ocala National Forest. The 3,092-acre (13 km2) wilderness was established on September 28, 1984. The mostly marshy and swampy nature of the area is indicated b...

  • The Big Gum Swamp Wilderness now contains a total of 13,660 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Florida. In 1984 the Big Gum Swamp Wilderness became...

  • The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge stretches across 20.5 miles between Melbourne Beach and Wabasso Beach along Florida's east coast. The refuge was established in 1991 and was named after the...

  • Encompassing 7,941 acres, this wilderness area between Alexander Springs and Lake Dexter - one of the many lakes in the St. Johns River chain of lakes - is a trackless place, with a paddle down the sp...