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