The Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. Herons, cormorants, egrets, endangered brown pelicans and many more species use this quiet refuge for nesting. Tarpon key, one of the islands making-up the refuge, hosts the largest brown pelican rookery in the state of Florida. The abundant green sea grass beds around the island are protected from motorized boat activity.
Because of its small size and importance to wildlife, the refuge is closed to all public use
1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive Crystal River, FL 34429
FWS - Fish and Wildlife Service