Plan Your Visit

Bird on Chazz 2

The refuge is accessible only by boat. Public boat ramps near the refuge are limited, so visitors are advised to consult the enclosed map for boat ramp access. There is no admission charged to enter the refuge. Rental boats and tour guides are available in nearby towns of Chassahowitzka and Homosassa. Contact the Chamber of Commerce in Homosassa for listings. Make reservations in advance.

The Chassahowitzka NWR is located approximately 65 miles north of St. Petersburg, FL. A boat ramp, maintained by the Citrus County, provides a launching point for boats on the Chassahowitzka River for a small fee. To get there take U.S. Hwy. 19 north from St. Petersburg (or south from Perry) to State Road 480. Proceed west on State Road 480, the Chasshowitzka Boat Ramp is located at the end of this road. The refuge is located approximately three miles down river from this boat ramp.


For Your Safety:

Be prepared and observe regulations concerning: Refuge hours; airboat permits; fishing or hunting license requirements; boat registration; and safety equipment.

  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Allow time to return to your vehicle and leave the area beforesunset.
  • If canoeing or boating, carry insect repellant, foul weather clothing and emergency light. If lost or disabled, stay with your boat and attempt to reach the main canal. Display emergency light after dark. Remember, floating vegetation and changing water levels can block canals and hide boat trails.
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when you should return.



  • Feeding, enticing, or disturbing the wildlife.
  • Firearms or weapons of any kind except during designated hunts at which time firearms must be transported, unloaded, and encased or dismantled.
  • Taking of turtles, frogs, and snakes by any means.
  • Release of any wild or domestic animals.
  • Taking (living or dead) or injuring any plant or animal (this includes parts) other than legally taken fish or waterfowl.
  • Fires of any type, camping, or spotlighting.


If you would like more information about the refuge before you make the trip, please contact:

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
871 N. Suncoast Blvd
Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone: 352/563-2088
Fax: 352/382-0691