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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
Phone Number: 352-563-2088
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Incredibly Beautiful and Wildlife Rich Environment

A gorgeous area full of rich bird, reptile and sea life. Expansive salt grass marshes teaming with various species of fish and beautifully scenic inlets and canals. If you are a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2016
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We drive around a lot on Hwy 19 exploring the different attractions on the coast north of Weeki Wachee Springs and saw the sign for the wildlife refuge. Turned in there and deposited our pymt (no guard was there) and what I thought would be a half an hour spin turned into about a 5 hour drive around the area.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

A gorgeous area full of rich bird, reptile and sea life. Expansive salt grass marshes teaming with various species of fish and beautifully scenic inlets and canals. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, birdwatcher, or just want to get out and spend a peaceful day outdoors, this is definitely the place for you.

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chattanooga, tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We put in our kayaks at the campground and paddled just a few minutes over to the seven sisters spring. It was beautiful! We got out of our kayaks and swam for a few hours. Swimming through the holes is not advised because of people dying there but there were people doing it. The water is cold but it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Chassahowitzka River Campground for our anniversary this year. It was my first time camping and I loved it. We were in the furthest campground, but we were still close to the facilities and river. I loved that there was a nice hot shower and clean air-conditioned bathroom. My only complaint was the non-stop... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Really enjoyed our pontoon boat tour! Saw the springs, manatees, dolphins, an alligator, bald eagles, turkey vultures, turtles...the list goes on. We had a wonderful time.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Thanks to friends from Hudson, they took us kayaking here. We departed from the Park Campground boat launching site. We were escorted on a truely amazing journey...that's BIG coming from New Zealand...the land of nature's marvels!!! There are beautiful natural crystal clear water springs to be found, all sorts of bird life and of course the famous Manatees right under... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

We spent the afternoon on the Chassahowitzka River. We rented a canoe from the campground and the price was reasonable -only $30 for the day. They also have single & tandem kayaks, paddle boards and Jon boats for rent. Once on the water, the scenery was beautiful. There are numerous springs, with crystal clear water bubbling up. The wildlife was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Stopped by this spot a couple of times over the years. For birders, you might find Carolina wren, yellow-rumpled warbler and yellow-bellied sapsucker. A small pond had a dozing alligator. Quiet location just north of Crysal Rivercand part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Amazing scenery and wildlife! You can rent a canoe for a very low price. Plan your trip so you don't get stuck in shallow water at low tide. Manatees in the deep bends and side springs!

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Vancouver,WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We ended up at the boat dock at the Chass , the RV campground just to nose around. We walked into the store and the counter person suggested renting a kayak to be see the river. We did and we were absolutely enthralled. What a cool way to explore the river. We saw 2 dozen different birds, no manatees (... More 

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