In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed. The Chassahowitzka Recreation Guide is a useful resource when visiting this area.

White-tailed Deer
White-tailed deer


Chassahowitzka has a moderate deer herd, an increasing population of feral hogs, and fair numbers of small game and waterfowl. Prescribed burns in the sandhill and flatwoods should improve the habitat for deer. Quota permits are required to hunt the first nine days of archery (150), muzzleloading gun (150), first nine days of general gun (150), wild hog-dog (150), and spring turkey (30).


Hunting Regulations, Map and Calendar
Chassahowitzka NWR Permits and Info PDF


Wildlife Viewing

Chassahowitzka's diverse natural communities sustain a large variety of wildlife. Wildlife viewing is best in the morning hours January through March and August through October. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Visit the  Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife. You may also request a copy or download or print the Chassahowitzka Bird List PDF.

Hiking trail


From the Indigo Road/3 Bridge Road Trailhead are two marked trails through flatwoods, sandhills, cypress domes, and scrub. More adventuresome hikers may choose to explore the miles of trams through the hardwood swamp. At the Weeki Wachee tract there are a series of trails winding through the scrub.


During non-hunting periods bicycles are allowed on named and numbered roads only.  During hunting periods and the 7-day scouting period prior to each hunt, bicycles are allowed throughout the area.


Chassahowitzka may be accessed by canoe or kayak from Ryle Creek.

photo wooded road
Wooded road

Scenic Driving

A driving tour with guide booklet provides a route along Indigo Road, 3 Bridge Road, Rattlesnake Camp Road, and Gopher Road. The route traverses the upland pinelands, through transition zones to deep within the hardwood swamp. You may download and print PDF the driving tour booklet, pick one up when you visit the area, or order a copy.

See  vehicle use regulations.

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