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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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Tue - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Amazing Day

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Cordova, Tennessee
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Cordova, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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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 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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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.

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Kitchener, Canada
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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 

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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 

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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.

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Montreal, Canada
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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 

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Crystal River, Florida
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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 

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Citrus Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I love this place for canoeing on the Chassahowitzka. Secure parking, boat rentals and country store. I haven't stayed at, but, there is a campground on the property. Nice people, always have an awesome time

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Additional Information about Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Crystal River
Open Hours:
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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