The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and as such, is required by federal law to regulate those types of public use activities which may result in the disturbance and/or destruction of wildlife/wildlands located within it's boundry. Airboats, with their capability of operating in shallow waters and over marsh vegetation, along with their characteristic high noise levels, are known, when improperly operated, to disturb wildlife and destroy habitat. As a result the refuge has established certain special regulations, to control their use on the refuge. The need to require airboat operators to have a permit is also based on the need to insure individuals are adequatedly advised and informed of certain federal regulations which are designed to protect wildlife/wildlands on the refuge. A free two-year permit, along with a current list of regulations, and an airboat route map, is designed to advise you of the most important of those regulations which apply to the refuge.
To Obtain an Airboat Permit:
- Permittee must have a current drivers license or valid state ID.
- Permittee must have a current airboat registration.
- Permittee must present in person or fax a legible copy of drivers license or vaild state ID and airboat registration to Chassahowitzka NWR Complex Headquaters in Crystal River.
For More Information, Call or Fax:
Phone (352) 563-2088
Fax (352) 795-7961