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Chassahowitzka Wilderness

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Area Management

The Chassahowitzka Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Chassahowitzka Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Waters within the Wilderness are navigale waters and open to motorboat operation. Within the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, waters in Citrus county are designated Wilderness. Airboat use within the Citrus county Wilderness is limited to posted airboat routes only. A special use permit is required when operating an airboat within this section of the Wilderness. Permits are available free of charge at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex's headquarters at 1502 SE Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429.




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