Three Sisters Springs (Florida)

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Three Sisters Springs, Citrus County, Florida, United States.

Three Sisters Springs are located on the Crystal River, in Citrus County, Florida, United States, at 28°53′19″N82°35′21″W / 28.888725°N 82.589191°W / 28.888725; -82.589191 Coordinates: 28°53′19″N82°35′21″W / 28.888725°N 82.589191°W / 28.888725; -82.589191 . [1] 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 manatees and is one of the Crystal River's sanctuaries. [2] [3]

Crystal River (Florida) River in Florida, USA

Crystal River is a very short river in Citrus County, Florida, flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. It is just seven miles long, and has a drainage basin of five square miles, joining Kings Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. The river's significance is in the thirty natural springs that add an average of 300 million gallons of warm water to the river every day. These springs include Three Sisters Springs.

Citrus County, Florida County in Florida, United States

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Three Sisters springs is also accessible by land. The property around Three Sisters was acquired in 2010 and is open to the public from November 15 through March 31.

In adherence to the mission of protecting and preserving the manatee and its habitat, the areas around the springs have been designated as manatee sanctuaries and are closed to vessels from November 15 through March 31. However, swimmers are able to enter the spring from the water during this time with possible periodic discretionary closures due to manatee behavior. Visitors can view the manatees in their natural setting from land by use of the observation boardwalk overlooking the spring. Many dive shops and marinas in the city of Crystal River offer manatee tours and cater to the needs of divers and snorkelers.

Crystal River, Florida City in Florida, United States

Crystal River is a city in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,108 in the 2010 census.. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2012, the city had a population of 3,055. The city was incorporated in 1903 and is the self professed "Home of the Manatee". Crystal River Preserve State Park is located nearby, and Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located in the city's northwest side.

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References

  1. Johnson, Greg. "Three Sisters Spring, Citrus County". Florida Springs Database.
  2. "Three Sisters Spring" . Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  3. When Push Comes to Shove; The Florida manatee is thriving in Kings Bay, and so is tourism. Therein lies the problem. April 2013 National Geographic .