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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge


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The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1941, is comprised of over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. The refuge was established primarily to protect waterfowl habitat and is home to over 250 species of birds, over 50 species of retiles and amphibians, and at least 25 different species of mammals, including the endangered West Indian Manatee.

A boat launch is located at the Chassahowitzka River Campground.  Boat, kayak and canoe rentals are also available.   Take Miss Maggie Drive west
from US 19 to the village of Chassahowitzka.