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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
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+1 352-563-2088
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Tue - Fri 08:00 - 16:00

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kim Z
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 kayaks is either full day or after 130 pm for half day. Bring sunscreen and... More 

1 Thank Kita R
Lutz, Florida
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158 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 volunteer opportunities here as well. Take a hike!

1 Thank Kathryn B
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 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 to kayak down & they were beautiful! It got really tight in spots & we... More 

1 Thank ChicagoRocky
Flushing, NY
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 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
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 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
Anderson, South Carolina
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69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This has to be one of my favorite places to paddle in the area. The small caves at the beginning of the springs are fascinating and of course the water is crystal clear - lots of fish in the area and were hoping for some manatees but the Gulf had not cooled off enough to run them into the springs.

1 Thank Zoogirl1953
Savannah, Georgia
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We paddled the Chassahowitzka River from the Campground. First we paddled to the springs and everyone in our group found them very interesting as they had never seen a spring head before. Then we paddled down stream for several miles. It was about 10:30 a.m. and it was calm and the morning light on the river was beautiful. We paddled... More 

2 Thank Hammerpaddle
North Wales, United Kingdom
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574 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

A family friend took us to this area to take us on a series of walks. We paid our fee at the entrance through an envelope system. There were no leaflets available to guide us round. The different sections are marked by numbers, many of those had disappeared. We had two very short walks. Our guide will not be bringing... More 

2 Thank VanessaRoad
Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We had the benefit of seeing the Wildlife Refuge through a private boat tour, Florida Outfitters - they are great!. We took in manatees for the first part of our tour before heading out into the wildlife refuge. Lots of birds. And we even travelled out to the Gulf and were lucky enough to see a family of dolphins teaching... More 

2 Thank Colin H

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