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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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River is beautiful wonderful paddle saw lots of wildlife.

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Carol E
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The scenery is beautiful but not a lot to do here. There is kayaking and fishing and I suppose it wouldn't be a bad place for a picnic if you bring insect repellent. Since we kayak, that was our purpose in being here. Relaxing and fun.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We spent about 5 hours paddling around this refuge and it was not near enough time in this beautiful area. We put in at the Chassahowitzka River Campground and will stay here the next time so that we can put start earlier in the morning. Boat launch was free, but parking was $5 for a vehicle and $7 for a... More 

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Dade City, Florida
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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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