Three Sisters Springs
Three Sisters Springs is a unit of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge - the only refuge in the country created specifically for the protection of the endangered Florida Manatee -a subspecies of the West Indian manatee. Three Sisters Springs is one of over 70 springs in the larger Kings Bay area at the headwaters of Crystal River. In cold winter months as many as 550 to 600 manatees come to the area seeking the relatively warm 72 degree water flowing from the springs.

Three Sisters Springs derives its name from the fact that there are three spring vents within the main spring pool. A short spring run leads from the spring pool into a canal bordering the north side of a residential area, which then emerges into the east side of Kings Bay. Barriers prevent motorboats from entering the spring run. Only swimmers and kayakers are allowed into the spring pool. And during some periods when there are a large number of manatees at the springs, kayakers and snorkelers are not allowed to enter.

Land side access to Three Sisters Springs is managed by the City of Crystal River. They operate a Three Sisters Springs Center behind the courthouse at 2nd Avenue and U.S. 19 where you may purchase tickets to access the springs property. A complimentary trolley bus is provided for transportation to the Spring, as well as several other points of interest.  A boardwalk partially circles the springs and allows up close views of the manatees. There are also some nature trails.

For bikers and hikers, admission tickets to Three Sisters Springs may also be purchased at the gate of the spring property. Discounts are offered for Citrus County residents, and for National Park passholders. See the City of Crystal River Three Sisters Springs Center link below for more information.

Activities & Facilities
Museum or Visitor CenterShort hiking trailsPaved bike trailsSwimming

Getting there ...
Additional resources