About the Refuge

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Chassahowitzka NWR was established in 1943 for waterfowl conservation. This 31,000 acre refuge protects satwater bays, estuaries, brackish marshes, and hardwood swamps in Homosassa, FL. In 1970, the refuge lands within Citrus County were designated Wilderness. Today, this refuge provides habitat for one federally threatened species, the West Indian manatee.

View the General Brochure for Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge


If you would like more information about this refuge, the refuge system, or if you would like to volunteer your services, please contact:

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
865 North Suncoast Blvd
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone: 352/563 2088
Fax: 352/382 0691
E-mail: Crystalriver@fws.gov