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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Crystal River
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Tue - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Dade City, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Chasshowitzka has many wonderful places to explore but you need a boat to do so. There is place to paddle that is a local secret. It's known as "the crack" and is a clear water spring that has a salt taste. You'll feel excitement getting there as you'll end up walking up IN the small stream, pulling your canoe... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a very pretty area for kayaking, however there are parts where the river is narrow and they allow boats with all sizes of motors to power through. Totally screws up the natural aspect. Boats should be kept at idle or no motors allowed.

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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Spent the day padding the chasshowitzka river, be sure to get a map of the springs where you pay for parking ($5), this will give you a destination. Lots of birds, otters, and fish. This is a very scenic place to spend the day or weekend, camping is an option in the campground. The only thing that kept this review... More 

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Inglis, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Refuge infrastructure is primarily a boat ramp. You can rent canoes, but unless you hit the river there is nothing there. But on the river it is great!

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Cedar Key, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The wife and I took our boat down to the Chassahowitzka River to see what it offered. Miles of empty coastline with a few old homes that look like time has forgotten them built up on stilts. It was early June, so the weather was steamy hot, but the breeze coming off the Gulf was nice. Lots of birds, but... More 

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Lake Helen, Florida, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Good day to all;This was my 1st time visiting the Chaz as they call it, and to my surprise the state hasn't took over the river and springs.The reason I say this is all the old boats and motors leaking and polluting the springs and river. This is such a gem of florida and the folks of Chassahowitzka should be... More 

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Parkland, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We loved this. If you want to experience wildlife and Florida rivers this is the place. We enjoyed this much more than our manatee trip because we felt like we were away from people and houses. Much more peaceful. The canoe held 3 people and our 9 year old enjoyed it very much. You will see lots of fish, otters... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This was possibly the best memory of our Florida vacation. It was a last minute addition to our itinerary and well worth it. My husband and 2 boys (8 & 10yrs) rented 2 tandem kayaks (rowboats and canoes are available too) We pushed off about 9:30 am and saw a ton of wild life. Bald eagle, pelicans, mom and 3... More 

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Midland, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Lot's of wildlife on our $15 1.5 hour boat cruise on the river. Spotted Bald Eagles nesting and a dolphin running along our boat. Binoculars provided for close ups of marsh land birds.

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I have pottered round these Nature Coast waters for a lifetime. although the Homosassa and Crystal Rivers are no longer the uncrowded wilderness that they were when I explored in a little boat 50 years ago as a kid, the inshore coast still offers spectacular scenery. Take a guide or experienced friend if it's your first time. A great place... More 

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