Real Outdoors. Florida Wildlife Management Area Of The Day (Chassahowitzka)4 minute read

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Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area




   CHASSAHOWITZKA is located in Brooksville, FL 34613. Established in 1941, it has  over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River.  The Management area was first established as a sanctuary to protect Water Fowl Habitats. The Area is home to over 200 species of birds and 50 species of reptiles and amphibians. It has different species of mammals and is the home of the West Indian Manatee.


Chassahowitzka has many activities to do and has an abundant amount of beautiful scenery to admire.

The activities range from Hiking, Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Biking, Hunting, Kayaking, and Bird watching.



Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2016 through June 2017)
Archery September 17 through October 16
Muzzleloading Gun October 22-24
General Gun November 5 through January 1
Wild Hog-Dog January 13-15 and 20-22
Raccoon February 2-26 and May 4-28 (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Spring Turkey – Youth March 11-12 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 24-26, April 7-9 and 21-23 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)


  • Fishing: Chassahowitzka is home to many fish salt and fresh, the river is hot bed for great fishing especially red fish due to the mixture of brackish water. To get license information and season information, Please visit MyFWC.COM








  • Camping:Chassahowitzka Campground
    • 78 full-service campsites with various levels of amenities, including electricity, sewer, water,
      tables, grills and fire pits. Group campsite also available.
    • 52 RV and 26 tent sites.
    • Call campground office for reservations; fee for camping.
    • Bathhouse with showers, laundry facilities, shuffleboard court and picnic pavilion available.

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  • Hiking: There are over 5 miles of multi-use trails especially the wet trails which are  excessively wet during certain times of year.
  • Biking:The Trails here are great for cycling and site seeing, The cycling trails are clean and over 5 miles long as well maintained.


  • Bird watching: With a vast array of species of birds here, this is a bird watchers dream. Please  Look on The MYFWC.COM website for information and species information.
  • Kayaking:The spring-fed Chassahowitza River was named an Outstanding Florida Waterway for its pristine, natural condition. The main river is wide and slow moving, with many spring-fed side streams. The spring runs make this an exceptional kayaking destination the river itself is an easy paddle. The spring runs have some more challenging sections. The river is quite shallow, especially 1-2 miles downstream, and the spring runs generally very shallow. This helps to restrict motorboat traffic








  • Cave diving and Swimming: Over 6000′ feet of passage has been mapped, some at depths in excess of 300′. This is really  an advanced site for divers who are trained and experienced in technical diving. The beautiful springs and river add to the scenery for these dives.





These are most of the things that can be done here at the area. Please if you plan on making a  trip up to the area, Look on MYFWC.COM website to get more information about the area. Remember always keep the area the way you found it, Keep Florida Beautiful thank you.

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