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.
Seasonal Closure to Protect
Nesting Birds Press Release
Snake Key is now seasonally closed
(1 March to 30 June) to protect colonial nesting marine birds.
The Refuge encourages responsible viewing as nesting activity ramps up in April. It is a sight to behold. View press release below.