Crystal River Three Sisters Springs

Crystal River, Florida 34429

Crystal River Three Sisters Springs

Crystal River: Three Sisters Springs Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This round-trip is most notable for the special nature of Three Sisters Springs. Encircled by trees, the pool is crystal clear with 72°F water bubbling from the sand below.
In winter, when the Gulf of Mexico waters cool down, it is a popular retreat for manatees seeking warmer water.

In cold weather it is not uncommon to find dozens of manatees resting here, making it one of the finest manatee-viewing places in the whole of Florida. Recently acquired by the City of Crystal River along with South Florida Water Management District, the springs, along with a 57-acre parcel of adjacent land, will be managed as a low-impact public-access recreation area by the US Fish & Wildlife Service."

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Trail Information

Crystal River
Nearby City
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Class I
The spring-fed Crystal River rises from some 50 springs in the vicinity of the town. At Three Sisters Springs, the lead-in canal can flow swiftly, requiring a little effort but only for a few yards; otherwise the current is not significant. Kings Bay is tidal, but the range is negligible, less than 18 inches.
Tidal Information
There are exclusion zones to protect the manatees. Please respect the signs. You will also encounter boat traffic. If you keep close to the shores, you will avoid most traffic and see more manatees. There are sometimes microbe issues in the water here that can cause itching. There is a freshwater shower at Hunter Spring Park if you wish to rinse off.
Topo map, USGS 1:24,000, Crystal River
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Dec 2018