Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Refuge Information

Public Use Opportunities

■ Wildlife observation. ■ Sport fishing. ■ Commercial fishing and crabbing. ■ Nature photography. ■ Motorized and non-motorized boating. ■ Hunting (waterfowl).

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Questions and Answers

Where can I catch fish? Are there any walking trails or observation areas on the refuge? What will I most likely see on the refuge? Is hunting allowed on the refuge? Where can airboats go on the refuge?

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities exist for visitor center operations, manatee watch activities, and refuge maintenance projects.

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Natural History

■ The refuge provides a place for approximately 250 species of birds, over 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, and at least 25 different species of mammals. Endangered and threatened species on the refuge include manatees, sea turtles and bald eagles. ■ The refuge consists of marshlands, swamp lands, shallow bays, and tidal streams.

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About the Complex

Crystal River Complex

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crystal River Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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