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Chassahowitzka Charters

If you haven’t experienced the Chassahowitzka River, now is the time to do it! Captain Al offers fishing trips, scallop trips, and relaxing river tours. Come and enjoy paradise at its finest with Captain Al Hammaker.

Pricing for all trips include up to 4 people. We do have group rates to allow more people but we ask that you contact Captain Al Hammaker at 352-232-2783 for information on group rates. It will come down to availability of the other boats.


Full Day Fishing Trip $400. We supply everything you will need for a safe and fun day: license/bait/ rods/ tackle. You will need to bring only food and drink.

Half Day Fishing Trip $300. We supply everything you will need for a safe and fun day: license/bait/ rods/ tackle. You will need to bring only food and drinks.

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Chassahowitzka River

The Chassahowitzka River is one of the more scenic rivers in Florida because of its nearly pristine, natural condition.

Accessible only by boat or canoe, the Chassahowitzka River is one of the state’s Outstanding Florida Waters. Because of its natural importance to Florida, it received this designation and was given special protection to maintain its existing water quality conditions.

Like most of the other rivers in the Springs Coast Watershed, the Chassahowitzka River is spring fed. The first-magnitude Chassahowitzka Springs form the beginning point of the river which is bordered by the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1943 as a winter preserve for migratory water birds.

Today, about 35,000 acres of this area, including the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa River estuaries, many islands, 12 miles of river, salt marshes and coastal swamps, are protected and managed by several federal, state and local government agencies.

The goal is to offer migrating and wintering water birds a place to rest and feed.

Within this area there are 7,500 acres that include habitat for the Florida black bear.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District invests in lands that are important to the protection of Florida’s water resources. In 1990, the District began acquiring lands that now make up the Chassahowitzka Riverine Swamp Sanctuary.

Today, the Sanctuary is made up of about 5,676 acres of land. When combined with federally and locally purchased land in the Chassahowitzka area, a total of 60,348 acres of land along the Chassahowitzka River have been preserved.

The District’s Sanctuary includes both uplands and wetlands. Some of the trees and plants you will find in the uplands include sand live oaks, fetterbushes, saw palmettos, longleaf pines and turkey oaks.

Some of the wetland plants and trees include cypress trees, cabbage palms, saw grass, sweetgum trees and red maple trees.

Many animals also make the sanctuary their home. These animals include Florida black bears, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, river otters, bobcats, ospreys, great blue herons, anhingas, cormorants, wood storks and manatees.

With Captain Al’s Chassahowitzka Charters, you will have the opportunity to experience this natural treasure.