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8600 W Miss Maggie DriveChassahowitzka, FL 34448
Phone 1-352-382-2200


Welcome to the home page for the Chassahowitzka River Campground! Here you will find 53 full hookup RV sites, 28 primitive tent sites, boat ramps and parking, general store and boat rentals. All this lies next to and on the Chassahowitzka River ("Hanging Pumpkin Place" in Seminole language), a gateway to spectacular scenery, wildlife and some of the best paddling in Florida! If you've never heard of it before, come and check us out!

 

When first arriving, the way wends through a long “tree tunnel” to the end of the paved road. There you will find a double boat ramp on a springs fed lagoon. To the right is the Camp Store where guests may check in for camping, buy curios, local art, snacks and supplies, pay for parking, and get loads of good area info about the Chassahowitzka River. You may also rent a kayak, canoe or jonboat at the old bait house on the lagoon. Once checked in, you may head back down the tree tunnel to RV sites, and tent camping. Among the amenities in the RV park area are a newer bathhouse with heat/AC, general purpose building we call the “leisure pavilion”, screened room with Coke machine and water fountains, and coin operated laundry facilities.

Both the RV camping and primitive camping areas are partially shaded with mature oaks, cedars, pines and palms. The individual RV sites feature fire rings, picnic tables, 30 or 50 amp electrical service, sewer connections, and spigots for potable water. There is a wifi signal broadcast throughout the RV Park. Of the 53 RV sites, 8 are the pull-through type. There is a dump station near the entrance to the RV park.The tent or primitive camping area is separate from the RV Park, further to the west. It also features fire rings and picnic tables at each campsite. As well, there are 6 communal water spigots and 4 communal trashcans with 1 recycling bin. It is very peaceful. If you’re just coming to recreate, you can put your boat or kayak in and head out to one of the many springs and creeks, which feed the Chassahowitzka River. Maybe you’re headed out to the fantastic fishing grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. Wildlife abounds in the surrounding forests and whether you want to sit and watch the Manatees, Dolphins, Birds, Otters, etc. or go confront the animals in their own environments, there’s something for everyone!

Amenities

Camp Store
Besides being a great place to watch wildlife, the Chassahowitzka River Camp Store stocks all kinds of stuff needed for camping, fishing, snacking & amusement.  It  also features a local crafts/art area within the store.  Here you will also find postcards & other souvenirs branded with the Chassahowitzka River Campground moniker.  After visiting our camp store, no relative will ever accuse you of returning with just a "lousy t-shirt" but we have those too.

Front Deck
The spacious front deck overlooks the main lagoon where all the waterside activity occurs. To one side of it lies a natural area where feeders attract hummingbirds, bats, cardinals, titmice, & squirrels.  From this point you can also see a 900+ year old cypress tree, the likes of which were logged extensively during the late 1800s.  For your relaxing pleasure are ample picnic seating & a few benches.  Just try to sit & not be impressed by the views & nature!

Boat House
Originally Miss Maggie's bait & fishing store, this small building & covered dock now houses the kayak & other vessels rental concession.  It also is a favorite gathering place for campers & locals to catch up on happenings, as well as a wonderful sound stage because the acoustics of the lagoon in front are akin to a natural amphitheater.

Boat Ramp
Replaced & upgraded in 2010, the main boat ramp is one of the best in Citrus County. It's big enough for launching two vessels at once & features a grooved concrete surface so you never have to worry about traction. If you're a people watcher, it's also a great place to hang out & watch the amazing variety of boats & other watercraft & the associated human antics. As well, paddlers  have a gently sloping sandy “beach” beside the boat ramp for easy launches.

Parking
A large paved parking lot abuts the camp store & dock/ boat ramp area. While using the boat ramp for launching is free, there is a small fee for parking a vehicle with or without a trailer. It also features a bicycle parking rack & restrooms. Overflow parking on busy days also includes the tree tunnel & various parts of the campgrounds.

Clubhouse
This heated & AC'd enclosed general purpose building has outside shuffleboard, a few games inside, electronic dartboard & 5 in 1 tabletop stereo. It seats about 60 people, 40 comfortably fully packed & has ample tinted windows which can effectively turn it into a screened Florida room. It is available for special events & is a great place for campers to just hang out. Here we have Direct TV piped into our 55 inch TV screen for our campers’ viewing pleasure.

WiFi Signals
Broadcasting  throughout the RV camping area & the riverside dock area are WiFi signals which require codes for connections. The signal in the RV area features high download volume capability so campers can get streaming TV channels such as NetFlix.

Kayak Storage Rental 
We feature a building with rental lockers for your kayak up to 18 feet long. Rent them daily, weekly or monthly; bring or buy your own lock. This way, your kayak is always close to the water and ready to launch.

Firewood
We sell large, seasoned, dry firewood bundles for your convenience.

Boat Rentals

For your canoe, kayak and boating pleasure we have boat rentals on site. Here you can rent a kayak, canoe, hybrid (kayak-canoe), or jonboat without engine. We will be happy to set you up with your chaz-going vessel and give you loads of guidance and advice on where to go and how to be safe. Jonboats are a popular option if you just want to float a bunch of people and gear to the very nearby Seven Sisters Springs. For jonboats, you also may bring your own engine or trolling motor. All vessels are properly registered. Questions? Please call the Campground directly at 352-382-2200

RV Sites

After registering, the RV Site area of the park is at the other end of the tree tunnel or south about 2000 feet. This area is partially wooded and also contains the bath house, leisure pavilion, and laundry room. Sites have these consistent features: sewer connection, electrical pole, spigot to connect to, fire ring, and picnic table. Sites do vary a little however; some are 50 amp and some are 30 amp electrical connections, a handful are pull through type for larger rigs, and some abut the surrounding wilderness.

Tent Camping

Like the RV Site area, the tent camping area is partially wooded and also at the other end of the tree tunnel. It occupies its own area separated from the RV Site area. It consists of a large squarish loop with 25 sites that are surrounded by hardwood hammock forests and wetlands. For tent campers, there are 6 communal water spigots and 4 communal trash cans. Each site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. The tent camping area is called Indian Ridge because it was a popular site chosen for Native American encampments due to its slightly higher elevation.









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