The Lower Suwannee Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk for appropriate recreational uses including boating, hiking, fishing, biking, and birding. Visitors are required to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and not gathering in groups.
The Cedar Keys Refuge is made up of 13 small islands offshore from the city of Cedar Key. Atsena Island is open to visitors. It must be accessed by personal boat. All the other islands are closed to visitors in order to protect the resident and transient birds nesting on them.
All staff are working as usual. However due to the coronavirus, the headquarters building for the Refuges is closed to visitors.
Vista: With a grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Friends commissioned historical research and a structural assessment on the Vista property, which will eventually become part of the refuge but is still closed to the public. The almost 400 page report on the research is linked to the Vista photo above.
Shell Mound is a large shell-bearing archaeological site that was once the location of special gatherings for Native American groups across the broader region. A 10-page booklet telling the Shell Mound story is linked to the photo above.
Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges P. O. Box 532 Cedar Key, FL 32625 firstname.lastname@example.org