Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge


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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

Address:1502 SE Kings Bay Dr
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone:352-563-2088
Fax:352-795-7961
Web: www.fws.gov/chassahowitzka
Established: 1941.
Location:On Florida's Gulf coast, 65 miles north of Saint Petersburg.
Facilities:Visitor contact station.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting, educational programs.
Special Features:The refuge supports a healthy population of reptiles, including the Florida cottonmouth, Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, diamondback terrapin, and Florida box turtles. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are often seen in the Chassahowitzka River.
Habitats: 31,000 acres of saltwater bays and estuaries, brackish marshes, and hardwood swamps.
Access: Unlimited; most of the refuge is accessible only by boat.
Wild life: Endangered and threatened species include southern bald eagle, arctic peregrine falcon, brown pelican, wood stork, West Indian manatee, Florida black bear, American alligator, eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise, green sea turtle, Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, and loggerhead sea turtle. Also raccoons, deer, bobcats, coyotes, cormorants, herons, egrets, osprey, and many species of ducks.

See other parks in Florida.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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On the north Suncoast, the Hernando/Citrus border also represents the southern border of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Rocky hard bottom in this region is known for cracks and crevices that hold grouper in water as shallow as 8 feet deep during mild winters.
I was living up in Inverness, and you had to go through the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge to get there.
As there's no parent generation, we become the surrogate and teach them." The 1,250-mile journey starts at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin and ends at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Whooping Crane (Grus americana) The successful effort to reintroduce migratory whooping cranes to the eastern United States continued as 20 of the reintroduced whoopers migrated back to Wisconsin on their own from Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida during the spring of 2003.
Top, ultralight pilot Richard van Heuvelen leads a group of whooping cranes to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on the final leg of their southern migration from a wildlife refuge in Wisconsin
Currently, Duff is one of three pilots leading 14 young birds on a laborious journey from their summer home at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to winter range at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Meanwhile, the recovery team's search for a new whooper wintering place has been narrowed to two locations: Marsh Island Wildlife Refuge, a state-owned preserve on the Louisiana coast; and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which lies north of Clearwater on Florida's west coast.
Captain William Toney offered a few pointers for anglers trying the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge for the first time: Porpoise Bay, Blue Bay and Seven Cabbage Cutoff.