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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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Beautiful! Natural Experience!

We brought a canoe & rented a Kayak ($20.00 for the day) no admission so very cheap! We packed a lunch & beer & beverages and spent most of the day paddling both ends of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pawleys Island, South Carolina

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We brought a canoe & rented a Kayak ($20.00 for the day) no admission so very cheap! We packed a lunch & beer & beverages and spent most of the day paddling both ends of the river. We saw Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kingfishers and other birds. Lots of huge ?Mullet jumping everywhere. Unfortunately No Manatees! We were told they were... More 

Thank megantracy
Cordova, Tennessee
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

What a wonderful day. I don't know if we got lucky or if you can see all the wildlife everyday. Rented kayak and saw river otters, numerous birds, swim with a manatee and her baby. Water was amazingly clear. Area was clean and mostly undisturbed.

3 Thank Mtc8267
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great kayaking...terrible hiking. This area is great for being on the water but in the summer it's a bit crowded and too hot hiking. Not a lot to do if not on the water.

Thank YLBurgess
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We decided to do a kayaking trip here early in the morning, The scenery is amazing, Seven sisters springs is beautiful and you can swim through the holes and pop out the other ones. Caution to untrained swimmers this can be very dangerous so be careful. We kayaked up river to all the spots where there were springs, we found... More 

5 Thank hmclark
Saint Augustine, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Campground was just okay very busy especially with day trippers in diesel trucks. By evening very peaceful.

Thank Carol E
Kitchener, Canada
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Don't come to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge expecting a lot of luxuries or organized activities. It's essentially wilderness, with an access point at the boat ramp next to the camp ground (parking is $5, self-paid, bring exact change!). From here you can snorkel, canoe, or -- best choice in my opinion -- kayak along the river system, exploring islands, side... More 

3 Thank tomh009
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130 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

we found 21 of 22 geocaches in this park. Lots of fun but several miles hiking from route 19, one way, so be prepared with lots of water. Hog ponds had no hogs but did have metal boxes held over each pond. Would love to know what that was about since it didn't seem to be a bird nesting box,... More 

Thank Bondoon2
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191 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The river is so lovely and peaceful once you paddle away from the motorized boats. Schools of mullet leap through the air and otters play hide and seek with you as the sun rises. Huge pilated woodpeckers dot the trees, deer drink from the water and manatees float by. Perfect harmony.

2 Thank Travelergirlfrom1972
Montreal, Canada
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372 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

You've come to the wrong spot if you're looking for organized entertainment, but nature lovers visiting the area should not miss this. The environment is a textbook bayou, with lazy streams meandering through breathtaking greenery, chock full of birds. Photographers of wildlife and outdoor scenery will be in heaven. We spent most of our time on the water quietly observing... More 

5 Thank WMarkR
Crystal River, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was our first visit to the Chassahowitzka River and it was a great way to spend the day. When we first arrived we went to the campground at the end of the road, however the campground charges for parking. So we drove back to the place up the road to the little place with the canoe/kayak rental sign and... More 

3 Thank Aaron C

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