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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
352-563-2088
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Dade City, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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
8 helpful votes 8 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
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12 reviews 12 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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