Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge

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Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge
Location Manatee County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Anna Maria, Florida
Coordinates 27°33′20″N 82°44′35″W / 27.55556°N 82.74306°W / 27.55556; -82.74306Coordinates: 27°33′20″N 82°44′35″W / 27.55556°N 82.74306°W / 27.55556; -82.74306
Area 64 acres (260,000 m2)
Established 1905
Governing body US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located offshore from St. Petersburg. The 64-acre (260,000 m2) refuge was established in 1905. It is one of the three 'Tampa Bay Refuges', and is administered as a part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The Passage Key Wilderness Area is part of the refuge, and consists of 36.37 acres (or 56.9%) of its total area. It was established in 1970, to protect native birds and serve as a breeding ground for them.

Passage Key has suffered substantial shoaling in recent years, and is currently reduced to a small sandbar approximately 100 yards (91 m) long at high tide. Passage Key has been a popular destination for nudists for several years.

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