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FISHING & BOATING

Citrus County is a fishermian's paradise. Whether you prefer fresh or salt water, you're only minutes away from fulfilling your urge to fish. The Gulf of Mexico provides challenging tarpon fishing while the county's four major rivers: the Withlacoochee, the Chassahowitzka, the Homosassa and the Crystal River offer a wealth of boating, swimming and fishing opportunities. If lakes are your preference, you'll want to visit Lake Tsala Apopka with its 22 mile chain of interconnected waterways perfect for boating, water skiing, sailing and swimming. These lakes are an angler's dream, teeming with bass and many other species of sport fish. You'll find experienced guides and fishing camps throughout the county to make certain that your days spent on the waters are memorable.

DIVING

Some people prefer being below the water, and there are few places in the world that can compare to the diving opportunities here. The area is noted for its crystal clear, spring-fed waters and huge underwater caverns. It seems that Mother Nature carved the caves herself to ensure that underwater adventurers would return often to her "theme park". Not too many years ago, the famous Jacques Cousteau explored the caves as have many other professional and amateur divers. Bring your own equipment or arrange for rentals from any of the dive shops that offer their equipment and expertise. Novices are welcome... don't forget your underwater camera ! Call for a complete list of dive shops.

MANATEES

A manatee has a face only Mother Nature could love. Once you meet a manatee, your're hooked. They're blubbery, yet loveable. They're big (up to 15 feet); yet friendly (they'll gently nudge you for attention). In the U.S. manatees are found only in Florida with the greatest concentration inhabiting Citrus County due to our warm, spring-fed waters, underwater caves and friendly environment. Manatees are air-breathing mammals who surface often to the delight of boaters and fishermen as well as divers. Grazing on the lush natural underwater vegitation, manatees are spotted 365 days of the year as they bask in the warm ocean waters and inland rivers of Citrus County.

BEACHES

Think small. You won't find endless miles of coastline packed with tourists, cars and vendors. Instead you'll discover the perfect spot to spread your blanket on the silky sands at Ft. Island Beach in Crystal river, overlooking the magnificent Gulf of Mexico. Covered picnic benches and invigorating ocean breezes invite sun worshipers from sun up to sunset. Lifeguards, restrooms, free parking and a boat ramp offer safety and convenience. For freshwater swimming and water sports, Hernando Beach is open from 9am to 7pm all year. A second freshwater beach is found in Fort Cooper State Park.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Hikers, joggers, bikers, walkers, explorers, campers, picnickers and bird watchers have found their piece of paradise in Citrus County. The county is dotted with numerous parks such as the Wildlife Park in Homosassa Springs, and Whispering Pines Park in Inverness. The 43,000-acre Withloacoochee State Forest invites year round activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Nature lovers and photographers who want to experience Florida as it was centuries ago, visit the Chassahowitzka Game Preserve and St. Martin's Marsh, an aquatic preserve covering 23,123 prisitne acres and is a haven for fish, birds, animals and, of course, man.

GOLF

One of the best kept secrets in Florida is the golfing in Citrus County. There are ten challenging public courses and two breathtaking private courses that beckon both serious and casual golfers. With so many courses to choose from, long waits for tee times are rare and play usually moves along at a pleasant pace. Hills, valleys, nature trails, beautiful weather, wildlife, trees all of which makes golf in Citrus County a memorable experience. Mother Nature has thought of everything by providing the magnificent landscape to remind golfers of why they have chosen to play in the great outdoors. Call for a complete list of golf courses.

HISTORIC

Mysteries are uncovered at the 14-acre State Archaeological Site located in Crystal River, dating back to 500 BC as a center of culture for the Indians of the Deptford culture. History buffs may choose to explore Old Homosassa and the Yulee Sugar Mill ruins, the remains of a pre-Civil War sugar plantation. South of Inverness, Fort Cooper State Park, which was a significant rendezvous and post during the Seminole Indian War in the 1830's, offers interpreted programs throughout the year and annually (usually in March) stage a reenactment battle of the Second Seminole War. Year round activities include horseback riding, nature study, canoeing, paddle boats, fishing, swimming and primitive camping. Those interested in historic architecture must visit the City of Inverness which is undergoing restoration around its famous court house, built in 1912 and is currently being restored. The Museum of Citrus County History is located in the Old Courthouse.

The above is re-printed from a brochure published by The Citrus County Tourisit Development Council
1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. Lecanto Florida 34461-8099 352-746-4223 1-800-587-MOMS

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