You could easily make kayaking in Florida a full-time job with the endless rivers, springs, and coastal waters there are to explore. And if you’re looking for something a little more off the grid, then adding the Chassahowitzka River to your list is a must. Some of Florida’s most loved wildlife frequent this river, and there are tons of little gems here worth exploring!

The Chassahowitzka, or “The Chazz” as it’s sometimes called by locals, is found on Florida’s Nature Coast.

You can take the river straight through to The Gulf, or take your time and explore each of the springs, which the folks at Visit Florida say is about a seven-mile trip.

While the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge can only be accessed by boat and is free to enter, you can take off in your watercraft from the launch point at the Chassahowitzka River Campground and spend the day just exploring the river itself.

From the launch site, there are several springs you can admire and explore, including Seven Sisters, known for its manatee spottings, Baird, Potters, Little and Big Salt, and The Crack.

These scenic springs are well worth the stop. The lush surrounding palms and undergrowth make this spot feel like a hidden tropical gem

Aside from the lush tropical views, there are also underwater caves you can jump right into and explore, with the crystal-clear water giving you perfect visibility.

Prime kayak, fishing, and diving territory, the Chassahowitzka River awaits your exploration.

Happy nature escaping!

Chassahowitzka River

Price: $5 parking at the campground

Address: Launch Site at 8600 W. Miss Maggie Dr., Chassahowitzka, FL

Why You Need To Go: Underwater spring caves, crystal clear water, manatees, what more could you ask for?


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


 

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