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Chassahowitzka Wilderness

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Area Management

The Chassahowitzka Wilderness is part of the 110 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 navigable waters and open to motorboat operation. Within the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, waters in Citrus County are designated Wilderness.

Airboat use, within the portion of the Wilderness in Citrus County, 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.

Picnicking is permitted with a pack it in, pack it out policy.

Camping is prohibited.

It is illegal to remove any wildlife, vegetation, or historic artifacts.

Respect wildlife and do not enter posted wildlife sanctuaries and other closed areas.

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