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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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Lovely on the water

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
George S
Rochester, Michigan
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Rochester, Michigan
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49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank George S
Central Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 up & down, eating their fresh catch in front of me, running along the riverbank... More 

1 Thank Carol G
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 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
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 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 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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160 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 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 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 11 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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73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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

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