Cotton Key Wildlife Management Area

Map of Cotton Key Wildlife Management Area

Cotton Key is located off the northeastern tip of Upper Matecumbe Key. With its shallow flats, it is heavily used by a variety of birds as well as bonefish. Several small mangrove islands serve as nesting sites for birds such as pelicans, cormorants, and at least four heron species. Cotton Key is also a preferred roost for magnificent frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens).

There is a no-motor zone on the tidal flat.

Special regulations apply here. Learn more about what activities are allowed in this type of zone.

A summary of all sanctuary regulations is available online. For the full text of sanctuary regulations, see 15 CFR 922 Subpart P.