Kayaking the Chassahowitzka

Paddled the “Chaz” today—Some boat traffic on the main river (it was a Saturday after all), but off in the tributaries it was quiet and tranquil. This blue heron (below) sat still just long enough for me to click off one photo.

Excerpt from Visiting Small-Town Florida, 3rd Edition: Just north of the Hernando-Citrus county line, Miss Maggie Road turns west off of US 19 and winds down to Chassahowitzka (Timucuan Indian for “pumpkin place”). It ends at the Chassahowitzka River Campground and Recreational Area, the best place to rent canoes or kayaks to explore the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge encompasses more than thirty thousand acres of brackish marsh and salt bays, stretching from Raccoon Point north to the mouth of the Homosassa River. It is home to several hundred species of birds, including a variety of herons, pelicans, ducks, ospreys, and even bald eagles. Manatees, green sea turtles, deer, and a small population of black bears live here as well.

Bruce Hunt


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