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Water Fun in Citrus County

Come make a splash on the Nature Coast. Welcome to the water wonderland that is Citrus County. Citrus County, is part of the “Nature Coast”, and is criss crossed by many lakes, rivers, springs as well as being situated on the Gulf of Mexico and don't forget King's Bay. With so much to offer, it is no wonder people come from all over the globe to spend time in this pristine environment.

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Over 40% of the land in Citrus County is designated as public and therefore can not be touched by development. This ensures that Citrus County and all its natural splendor will remain intact for generations to come. This abundant public land makes for many state and local parks, wildlife refuges, animal sanctuaries and protected wetlands making Citrus County a truly unique place to call home.

A once in a lifetime experience to swim with the manatees is awaiting you here in Citrus County. These endangered manatees have made Citrus County their home for eons. They come here seeking the warm spring-fed waters during the cooler winter months of October-March. The Homosassa River and the Crystal River is a favored winter shelter for the West Indian Manatee. There are many manatee tours and guides available in the area. You can take a boat ride or get up-close and personal with them by renting snorkel equipment at one of the many local dive shops and go swimming with these giant “sea cows.”

Crystal River Ale House
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Fort Island Trail Beach
Fort Island Trail Beach in Crystal River.
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The Rainbow River is also a popular destination for water activities. This spring-fed river is crystal clear and full of life. You can rent inner tubes, kayaks, and canoes or just bring your own. There is also the Chassawitzka River, which is nine miles long and runs to the Gulf of Mexico. This river has an abundance of muskgrass which provides food for many species of birds and the endangered manatee. Head more towards the coast to get to the Crystal River. Fed by over 30 natural springs the Crystal River maintains a constant temperature of 72 degrees. Then there is the Withlacoochee River, which forms part of the north eastern border of the Citrus County and helps refresh the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes. The 45 mile long Withlacoochee River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows North. The Withlacoochee River also has many recreational opportunities including a 23,000 acre bass rich playground for fishermen and a densely populated wetland. This wetland is home to many birds and mammals that are considered rare in the rest of America. Finally, the Homosassa River which starts at the main spring and heads 8 miles to the Gulf of Mexico is another popular spot for the West Indian Manatee.

The majority of the lakes in Citrus County are situated on the eastern side of the county and include Big Lake Henderson, Little Lake Henderson, Lake Tsala Apopka, Lake Hernando, Lake Rousseau, and Lake Holathlikaha. The lakes offer freshwater fishing opportunities as well as recreational boating and even a newly created annual speedboat race.

Swim with the manatees
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Crystal River manatees
Photo Credit: Wayne White Photo Art 

Kings Bay has been called the “heart of Crystal River.” The bay is home to the main spring along with several other smaller springs that produce millions of gallons of crystal clean water a day. Come see the manatees and dolphins that love to play here, fish off the dock, put your boat in the water for an exciting day of fishing, or go exploring by jet ski. If you think you are up for the challenge, you can even try your hand at fishing for tarpon here in the bay.

Plantation Realty can give you the information you need to make an informed real estate decision in the waterfront market to ensure you not only get to enjoy this lifestyle, but also direct you toward a sound investment.

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