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 two federally endangered species, the experimental migratory population of Whooping Cranes and 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:

Refuge Manager


National Wildlife Refuge
1502 SE Kings Bay Dr.
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone: 352/563 2088
Fax: 352/795 7961
E-mail: FW4_RW_Chassahowitzka@fws.gov
Internet: www.fws.gov