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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

#15 of 46 things to do in Crystal River Features Animals
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
+1 352-563-2088
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Cruzin' the Chaz ....

The Chassahowitzka River is a great place to do some easy kayaking. Some of the wildlife you may... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2017
Lovely on the water

A lovely place to kayak, it seems unspoiled and much wildlife is easily viewed. A really... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
George S
Rochester, Michigan
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1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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Reviewed June 3, 2017

The Chassahowitzka River is a great place to do some easy kayaking. Some of the wildlife you may see are dolphins, osprey, owls, river otters, manatee, and several bird species, not to mention several species of fish in the clear waters. Several underwater springs can...More

2  Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed May 10, 2017

A lovely place to kayak, it seems unspoiled and much wildlife is easily viewed. A really picturesque place to visit.

Thank George S
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

We saw black bear, crabs, birds, and more it's a must paddle. You will want to have some experience before you paddle here. Some places are shallow and you will be going against the current.

Thank BowserJournal
Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful clear spring fed water everywhere I kayaked on this river. I went early & ended up with a special treat...watching an otter family of 6 hanging out right in front of my kayak in one of the side tributaries I took! Swimming & bobbing...More

1  Thank Carol G
Reviewed April 17, 2017

Lots of water and trees, I loved it. Its a very nice change from cars and asphalt. So nice and peaceful.

1  Thank Kim Z
Reviewed April 4, 2017

We spent the morning kayaking on 'The Chaz' - clear water.. beautiful scenery and the hidden alcoves with natural springs were so fun to get to. It gets busy on the weekends but even then, it's ridiculously peaceful. Don't miss The Chaz river.. rental of...More

1  Thank Kita R
Reviewed April 1, 2017

This location is well know for its varied ecological systems and terrain. Hiking is the preference, but you can browse the visitor center, or wander about grounds. They hose a number of trainings for educators and the public alike. FWC is the contact for scheduling...More

1  Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed March 17, 2017

I loved kayaking down this river & seeing the 7 springs/caves. Some young guys were diving thru the caves & coming up on the other side. I was too scared to do that. We bumped into 2 women, who told us about some finger canals...More

1  Thank ChicagoRocky
Reviewed March 11, 2017

What a great location. nice to see injured birds and animals taken care of. Loved the Hippo. Wild birds join the locals and the place is like being in the Galapagos.

1  Thank chocolady8
Reviewed January 11, 2017

Wow chass. river is lost in time..Caves Cracks an Bubbling springs!Fish Everywhere,some manatees even..this is a secret spot!SSShhhhhhhhhhh!

1  Thank jackkybbale
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Colby C
March 13, 2017|
Response from Hammerpaddle | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Sorry this answer has taken so long. We were there just to paddle but if you call them or Google them you should be able to find out.
January 21, 2016|
Response from csmretdeborahmcclain |
Call Chassahowitzka River Campground at (352) 382-2200 The campground is located on Miss Maggie Drive, Homosassa. The campground is connected to a beautiful dock and launch ramp and campstore/office is right on the... More