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aerial photo of Three Sisters Springs
An aerial view of Three Sisters Springs. Notice the manatees jammed packed and even overflowing out of the designed sanctuary area (left) near the entrance to the springs. Click here for a larger version of the photo. (Photo courtesy Tracy Colson.)

Three Sisters Springs is a complex of three spring areas, with many vents and sand boils that help feed Kings Bay, the headwaters of Crystal River, in Citrus County, Florida. These springs also constitute one of the most important natural warm-water refuges for the endangered Florida manatee.

But the Three Sisters Springs property is in danger of being developed and land acquisition of the springs and vulnerable parts of the spring basin remains the single most important protection strategy.

Donations are currently being accepted to match state grants in order to purchase the Three Sisters property. Please read more about the issue, check out the photos, watch the video highlighting the beauty of the springs, and find out how you can help save Three Sisters Springs for future generations.



"Three Sisters Springs is an environmental jewel in Citrus County, and no matter how well-meaning a developer might be, a high-density complex would devastate the property. This land needs to be saved and preserved for a public purpose. "
--Citrus County Chronicle

"I can't believe we are finally on point in a drive to acquire forever the springs and to offer the public a way to see manatees in a natural situation. What a great opportunity, not to mention a great tourist draw, for the city, the county, and the state. Dreams do come true."
--Helen Spivey, Co-Chair
Save the Manatee Club
Board of Directors

"Three Sisters is the last crystal water we have in Crystal River."
--Captain Mike Dunn