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Three Sisters Spring

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Crystal River, Florida 34423 USA

  • Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Swimming Hole
  • Water Sports
  • Natural Feature
  • Scenic Point

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June 3, 2014 Top Review!

people that visit this beautiful place must take care of it. it is slowly turning in to a mess. dont touch things that you should touch and dont tie you boat, kayaks ect to the foliage. you are ruining it for others.

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LloydB

LloydB in reply to on November 30, 2015

I agree. Thanks to too many careless kayakers (primarily from one or two nearby rental operations), paddlers are now banned from the interior from Nov 15 thru manatee season.

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Three Sisters Springs are located on the Crystal River, in Florida, USA. They are in a natural inlet on the east side of Kings Bay. They contain three spring areas that contain many sand boils and vents. The land surrounding the springs is privately owned property and there is no landfall or boat tie up permitted, the only access to the springs is blocked by concrete posts to stop the boats from entering. Only kayaks, canoes, and swimmers are permitted in the area. Three Sisters Springs is also home to many of the local manatees and is one of Crystal Rivers a group of sanctuaries.

Three Sisters springs is also accessible by land. The land around Three Sisters was acquired in 2010 and is currently open to the public only on certain dates.

In adherence to the mission of protecting and preserving the manatee and its habitat, the areas around the springs have been designated Manatee Sanctuaries and are closed to all humans from November 15th through March 31st. Visitors can still visit and view the manatees in their natural setting, however, from boats or in the water outside of those sanctuary boundaries. Many dive shops and marinas in the Town of Crystal River offer manatee tours and cater to the needs of divers and snorkelers.

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December 27, 2013

Great place, been there, it is beautiful!

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Rated 5.0 September 7, 2014

There aren't enough words to describe this place. Three Sisters Spring is an absolutely amazing place to be! It looks as it belongs to another world.
The waters are cocooned within the rocks and one can have straight connection with the water animals..extraordinary!!!

Kayaking to get there was a good exercise for all of us!! One of the most worthy experiences of my life!

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LloydB

LloydB in reply to on November 30, 2015

Paddling into the spring is now banned Nov 15 thru manatee season and please don't touch the manatees.

Rated 2.0 November 30, 2015

It's not really "free" anymore (coming very shortly). Upcoming restrictions to better protect manatees are imminent and needed due to overcrowding and bad behavior. If people would just keep their hands off we wouldn't have this big of a problem). Under current proposals, in water access will be via guided tours only and no touching will be allowed. Upland access is already limited to a commercial tram at $15 per person.

Unfortunately what used to be a serene spot is now overrun with over enthusiastic to out of control swimmers much too frequently.

For more info:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Crystal_River/Three_Sisters_Springs_Manatee_Information.html

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