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Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Location Manatee County, Florida, USA
Nearest city St. Petersburg, 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 shaoling 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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