Three Sisters Springs Annual Walk-In passes are available for sale at our Center.  These are the only passes that will be honored for the season.  



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Regulations for In-Water Visitors at Three Sisters Springs


What is in-water recreation? Swimming, snorkeling, paddling, etc.


 In-water recreation at Three Sisters Springs is accessible by launching a boat on Kings Bay and navigating to the springs. Public kayak launches can be found at Hunter Springs Park, 18 NE 2nd St, Crystal River and Kings Bay Park, 268 NW 3rd St, Crystal River. Visitors can use a paddle craft or motorized vessels to get to the entrance of Three Sisters Springs; however, motorized boats are not allowed into Three Sisters Springs. Paddle craft are permitted inside the springs from April 1- November 14. Please use the map of Kings Bay to navigate safely to the springs, and please read the regulations for in-water recreation below.

There is NO water access  to Three Sisters Springs from the land and no land access from the water.


Three Sisters Springs is an important habitat for manatees during the winter months (mid November to late March). Manatee sanctuaries are in effect November 15 - March 31, and are regulated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The manatee sanctuaries are marked with buoys/signage and are areas where swimming, paddling and other human activities are prohibited. Snorkelers have opportunities to see manatees in the sanctuaries by swimming outside of the roped off areas. For the safety and protection of the manatees, in-water access to Three Sisters Springs can be closed by USFWS when water temperatures in the Gulf Of Mexico drop below 62.2 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Important information:

  • In-water access to Three Sisters Springs is open from sunrise to sunset daily (unless the springs are closed which can occur during manatee season)
  • The boardwalk is separate from in-water recreating - the boardwalk is open every day and is not affected by USFWS in-water regulations. Find out more here
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulates manatee sanctuaries in Three Sisters Springs and all of Kings Bay
  • You can find a map of the manatee sanctuaries here
  • You can find out if the springs are open or closed for in-water access by visiting the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex Facebook page
  • In-water access DOES NOT include access to the boardwalk. The boardwalk and property around the springs can ONLY be accessed through the City of Crystal River's services 8:30am - 3:30pm and admission fees apply. 
  • Regulations for in-water access are different in the summer than in the winter (see below)

Summer In-Water Recreation

(April 1 - November 14)



Kayak/Paddle craft access

Open daily sunrise to sunset

NO land access

NO motorized vessels

NO tying to any vegetation, rocks or signs

NO kayak launch

Manatee Season

Winter In-Water Recreation

(November 15 - March 31)


Manatee Season

Manatee Sanctuaries in effect

Open daily, but can be closed by USFWS intermittently 

Kayak/paddle craft access 

NO land access

NO motorized vessels

NO tying to any vegetation, rocks or signs

NO kayak launch

Open daily sunrise to sunset
Open daily sunrise to sunset

Photos by Tiffany Ertle Photography

Three Sisters Springs Center

Official Concessionaire for Land Access to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge's Three Sisters Springs

123 NW US Highway 19

City of Crystal River, 34428

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Ph: (352) 586-1170 
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