Water Activities in Crystal River, FL: Fishing, Scalloping

Water Adventures

Discover the Wonder of Water in Florida's Citrus County

Crystal River and Florida’s Citrus County are defined by water like few other places in the world. Set on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and famous for its sparking blue natural springs, it is a spectacular world of spring-fed rivers, manatee-filled bays, and a chain of lakes you’ll never forget.

Incredible Springs

Springs occur throughout Florida, but only rarely do they approach the Gulf of Mexico. That’s what makes the springs of Florida’s Citrus County unique. Each winter, hundreds of manatees return from the Gulf seeking the spring’s warm waters as a shelter from the cold. These springs are incredible enough just as they are but when graced by the presence of hundreds of manatees, they are truly a sight to behold.

Kings Bay

Kings Bay in the City of Crystal River is a miracle of nature. Fed by more than 70 springs, it is home to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and the Kings Bay Manatee Refuge. As many as 800 manatees shelter in its warm waters each winter.

Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes

Located near the City of Inverness, the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes is the largest freshwater system in Citrus County. Covering approximately 22,000 acres and including 15 lakes, it is the perfect place for fishing, boating, or just spending a relaxing day by the water's edge.

Water Activities
swimming with the manatees

Welcome to the Manatee Capital of The World! Let an experienced guide take you through the crystal clear waters of our local springs where you can swim alongside these gentle giants!

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Dive for Your Dinner

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

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A New World of Beauty

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