Description - The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge rests in eastern Florida providing more than 20 miles of protected waterfront beach for a variety of birdlife and wildlife. The refuge is well known for its sea turtle nesting grounds. Very limited recreational opportunities are offered.
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- Archie Carr is a linear refuge stretching for 20.5 miles between Melbourne and Wabasso along Florida's east coast. It protects the best nesting habitat for loggerhead and green sea turtles in the United States. It is the second most important nesting beach in the world for loggerheads; up to 17,000 nests are laid annually within the ACNWR. This represents 23-35% of all loggerhead and green sea turtle nests in the U.S. To help preserve this globally important nesting ground the refuge has established a partnership with state and local governments and private conservation groups to acquire and manage this beachfront property. The primary management thrust is to provide long term protection of this habitat for sea turtles and other listed species as well as providing compatible public use.
Recreation - Limited recreation is offered at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. As of this writing, fishing is the only opportunity. Located within minutes is the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area offering a boat launch, swimming and camping. Pelican Island, nation's first national refuge is also nearby. The recreation opportunities at Pelican Island are more extensive offering boating, fishing, and a wildlife observation area.
Climate - The eastern coast of central Florida is usually hot and humid with thunderstorms throughout summer. Average summer temperatures range between 81 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit (27 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Typical yearly precipitation ranges from less than 52 inches to about 56 inches. Lightweight clothing and sunscreen are highly recommended during the summer months. Sweaters and jackets are appropriate attire in winter.
The linear refuge stretches for 20.5 miles between Melbourne and Wabasso along Florida's eastern coast.