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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

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One of the Nicest Kayaking Rivers in Florida

You will see manatees, otters, and all kinds of fish in crystal clear waters. About a half mile... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Paul S
Homosassa, Florida, United States
Kayak on the Chaz

If you follow the signs to the Chassahowitzka River camp sites, there is easy access to the... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2018
Megan W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will see manatees, otters, and all kinds of fish in crystal clear waters. About a half mile from the kayak launch there is a cove where Manatees stay most of the year. Kayak rentals are cheap and if you have your own its only...More

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

If you follow the signs to the Chassahowitzka River camp sites, there is easy access to the beautiful river and kayak rentals. The park workers are very helpful and will explain how to find the abundant Springs and rope swings. We had a blast?

Thank Megan W
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

Love this trip! After over 100 trips here still have yet to discover it all. Always launch at Chaz Campground. Clean bathrooms nice campstore for Gatorade last minute items. Nice ladies in gift shop camp store Parking is 5 bucks more with trailer. Many miss...More

1  Thank fearlessfly1
Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

On HWY 19 just after the 476 junction on the left side is the entrance to the Wildlife Management Area where the Eagle Nest Sink is. We met some divers that were going in. Because of the rain it was very tannic and I didn't...More

1  Thank Starviagera
Reviewed April 26, 2018

Paddling the Chassahowitzka is like paddling 3 rivers in one! Beautiful, clear blue water from the springs to view, kayak through and swim in; great to see the abundance of fish, grasses and the wildlife! -Spotted 4 gators, 2 otters, ospreys, egrets, blue herons, ibis...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

The tributaries off the River Are the wildest adventures You get a primitive map to find the wild and mesmerizing springs Far from the maddening crowd

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

kayak caravan to crack in the earth and 7 sisters spring. Excellent experience. Took 4 teenagers who also LOVED it!

Thank Mary M
Reviewed December 22, 2017

We got to the building and it was closed. There was a sign that said it was relocated. We walked back to the river, but the rest was gated and locked up.

4  Thank lawmer
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

We had a great time. Do not understand why we had to rent a canoe to go the short distance to the swimming area. We could have easily and in short order floated down on our tubes.

Thank Gabriella A
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

4  Thank FLworldwanderer
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Laura H
July 21, 2018|
Response from fearlessfly1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes.... not a 52 foot yacht....but avg 22 center console no problem....
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