Two manatees in the water.

Meet the Manatees

Three Sisters Springs provide critical habitat for manatee populations. Manatees can be seen in and around Three Sisters Springs year-round; however, they stay in the springs in high numbers from mid-November until the late March. The most manatees recorded in Three Sisters Springs was around 400-500 manatees in January 2016. During the summer months, manatees leave the springs and look for food in the warmer waters of Kings Bay and other areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Three Sisters Springs feeds into Kings Bay, which is the headwaters for Crystal River. The Crystal River is 6 miles long and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Manatee can be found in any of these areas, so it is important to abide by speed regulations.


If you would like to go on a swim with manatee tour, you can do so by contacting one of the many tour operators in town. It is important to learn your "Manatee Manners" before interacting with a wild manatee (Learn About Manatee Manners). You can also swim in Three Sisters Springs by using  one of the many public boat ramps on Kings bay to boat, or paddle to Three Sisters Springs. Please familiarize yourself with all rules and regulations before using the Springs.  More info for Crystal River National Wildlife Complex


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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