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People swimming with manatees.

 In-Water Access for Visitors to Three Sisters Springs


How to swim, snorkel, or paddle in Three Sisters Springs


 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 must arrive by paddle craft or motorized vessel to get to the spring run to Three Sisters Springs; however, motorized vessels are not permitted inside 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 adhere to any posted regulations.

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


 For the safety and protection of the manatees, in-water access to Three Sisters Springs can be closed by US Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) when water temperatures in the Gulf Of Mexico drop below 62.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the CRNWR FaceBook page for in-water closures at Three Sisters Springs.

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.
  • 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 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and daily admission fees apply. 

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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8:30am - 4:30pm EST

Ticket sales end 1 hour before closing

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