Three Sisters Spring

Overview

Three Sisters Spring is a series of three natural springs in Crystal River, Florida. Three Sisters Spring is an important warm-water habitat for manatees, and is one of the only places where it is legal to swim with manatees. Three Sisters Spring is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Three Sisters Spring Guide

The entrance to Three Sisters Spring via the Crystal River

Three Sisters Spring Details

Three Sisters Springs consists of three main spring vents in separate spring pools at the head of a short spring run.

  • The east spring averages 13 ft deep with 2 adjoining conical depressions in sand and a spring pool up to 100 ft wide.
  • The north vent is approximately 40 ft by 30 ft wide and 15 ft  deep. It occupies a conical depression in sand.
  • The west vent is approximately 8 ft deep and the pool is approximately 45 ft across.

Flow from the three springs converges in a centralized, shallow, sand-bottomed pool containing additional sand boils. The spring water is clear and light bluish.

Some algae are present on submerged logs within the spring system.

Contact Information

Phone: (352) 586-1170

Three Sisters Spring is jointly managed by the City of Crystal River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The City of Crystal River operates the Three Sisters Spring Visitor Center and the park surrounding the spring.

Hours of Operation

Land Access/Boardwalk: 7 days: 8:30-4:30

Visitor admission stops at 3:30 PM.

Water access: Sunrise to Sunset daily.

To protect the manatees during cold weather the FWS may close water access to Three Sisters Spring.

Location

28.900237662654376, -82.59470133285983
Address: 601 Three Sisters Springs Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429

Directions

The Kings Bay Springs Group is located in Kings Bay west of Crystal River.

Coming into Crystal River from the north on US 19/98, King’s Bay can be accessed via numerous boat landings north and south of the Bay.

This grouping of secluded spring vents is hidden up a small spring run on a tributary of Kings Bay in Crystal River. The tributary enters the east side of Kings Bay 0.1 miles (0.2 km) south of Pete’s Pier; a bridge crosses over the mouth.

Three Sisters Springs Run flows into the north side of a canal that accesses eastern Kings Bay, 0.4 miles (0.6 km) east of the bridge over the mouth of the canal.

Three Sisters Springs Run flows 150 ft southwest before joining an east-west running canal that accesses eastern Kings Bay.

Idiot’s Delight Spring is located in the canal 40 ft southeast of the mouth of Three Sisters Springs.

The springs’ mouth has a piling barricade at the entrance.

No boats are allowed in the springs run, but swimming up the springs run into the springs is allowed.

Kayaks, canoes and non-motorized craft are allowed in the Three Sisters Spring during some months, when manatees are not present.

The land surrounding Three Sisters Spring is owned and managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the City of Crystal River. It was acquired in 2010.

 

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The entrance to Three Sisters Spring via the Crystal River
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