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Crystal River Boating

Float your Boat in Crystal River!
Crystal River and Citrus County has many wonderful waterways to enjoy boating.

If you prefer fresh water or salt water, you’ll find plenty of marinas, launch ramps, piers, docks and bait stores throughout Crystal River and there is always someone to share fish stories with.

Nearby, close to Inverness, a mighty, 22-mile long chain of freshwater lakes plays host to skiers, sightseers and the pursuit of bass. Flowing toward the gulf, spring-fed rivers provide great fun and, again, matchless fishing.

The inshore waters of the Gulf Coast play home to manatees and require great care in boat operation while venturing in these waters. Nearby, in the Gulf of Mexico, serious cruising and game fishing are popular.

Paradise Found Island Retreat, as virtually all lodging places and resorts located along lakes, rivers or the shoreline offer rental boats, canoes, kayaks, or chartered rides. Those places without their own marinas can make reservations and arrangements for any kind of watercraft a guest requests. Local guides are available to steer you toward the best fishing or nature watching.

There are boat access ramps located in many places in Crystal River and include, but are not limited to:

Chassahowitzka River Campground & Recreation Area
Allows access to the Chassahowitzka River and the Gulf of Mexico.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 19 in Chassahowitzka, turn west onto West Miss Maggie Drive (C.R. 480). Campground is straight ahead 1.8 miles.

Duval Island
Access to Floral City Lake.
Directions: From Floral City, take Highway 48, go .7 miles to South Duval Island Drive. The boat ramp is located .1 mile ahead on left.

East Riverside Drive
Access to the Withlacoochee River.
Directions: From S.R. 200, go west onto East Withlacoochee Trail (C.R. 39). Travel .1 mile along North Oaks Way and East Riverside Drive. The boat ramp is located on left of East Riverside Drive.

Eden Park
Access to Lake Spivey.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 41, turn east onto Eden Drive just south of Inverness. Travel .5 mile to Park Lake Terrace and turn left.

Fort Island Gulf Beach and Fort Island Trail Park
Access to Crystal River, Salt River and the Gulf of Mexico.
Directions: From U.S. 19, turn west on West Fort Island Trail. Park is 5 miles ahead on right, and the beach is 9 miles.

Goldendale
Access to Lake Rousseau.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 41 North, turn west onto C.R. 488. Go 2.3 miles, take right onto North Goldendale Avenue. The boat ramp is .3 mile at the road’s end.

Hernando Beach
Access to Lake Hernando.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 41 in Hernando, head east onto East Orange Drive. Travel 1/4 mile. Hernando Beach is on the left.