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To learn more about these fascinating and ancient creatures, read Manatees, Our vanishing Mermaids by Timothy O'Keefe.

The slow-moving and gentle manatees are an endangered species, grow up to 15 feet and weight almost a ton. They dwell in slow-moving rivers, estuaries, saltwater bays and canals. They are often seen all along the Homosassa River and seem to enjoy sharing a swim with humans.



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Nature Tours



Downstairs at the inn,
River Safaris and Gulf Charters, Inc . offer boat tours and rentals, fishing guides and a bait/tackle/gift shop. These narrated tours include the Lunch by Boat tour to Ozello, the Springs Tour and a Sunset Cruis, which from 1-1/4 hours up to 2-1/2 hours. Contact River Safaris at 800/758-FISH or P. O. Box 800, Homosassa, FL 34747.

A must-see for visitors and residents alike is the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, a showcase for native Florida wildlife and gives visitors the rare opportunity of observing animals, birds and plants in their natural settings. Enjoy the experience of observing manatees close-up and personal.

Fishing enthusiasts will want to check with the Guides Association , P. O. Box 797, Homosassa, FL 34487. The Association is one of the oldest and most experience in the State of Florida and are U. S. C. G. Licensed. The area offers Speckled Trout-February only, Redfish-year round, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Tarpon, Grouper, Sheepshead and many more.

Tradewinds Fishing Resort, Inc. and Mobile Home Park has a selection of one-room efficiency cottages and those with bedrooms and living rooms with cable tv. The Tradewinds includes a Marina for the convenience of its guests. Located on Fishbowl Drive on the Homosassa River, they may be reached at 352/628-2214 or write to 10265 W. Fishbowl Drive, Homosassa, FL 34448.

A fox squirrel observes the nature watchers in Homosassa.
The Homosassa Kayak and Expedition Company on Cherokee Way, offers kayak rentals and sales (Kiwi and Hydra Kayaks). Ecotours of the Homosassa River and Local Preserves are available, bicycle rentals, self-erecting tent sales and a potpourri of antiques and gift oddities in the shop and camping trips to their private island. The Homosassa Kayak and Expedition Company is also U. S. C. G. approved. Owner Susan G. Davis, promises "the most fun you can have on the water!" Call the Kayak and Expedition Company at 1-352-628-3183 or write 5300 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448. Senior citizen discounts of 20% are offered at the Expedition.

Camping enthusiasts have an abundance of campground resorts to choose from along Fishbowl, Yulee Drive and Halls River Road. Turtle Creek Campground, Inc. is family-owned and operated, designed for comfort and convenience with a full slate of planned activities with complete camping facilities for the entire family. Located on Fishbowl Drive near the entrance to the State Wildlife Park, the campground has seasonal, summer and snowbird special rates. They may be reached at 800/471-3722 year-round.

Camp'N'Water Campground on the Homosassa River is located at 11465 W. Priest Lane, Homosassa, 34448. They may be reached at 352/628-2000 or fax 352/628-0066. Secluded but not isolated, the Campground is for small RV's and efficiency unit rentals. Amenities include Bar-B-Que grills and picnic area, dining area and lounge, store, boat trips, pool, bingo and more. To get there follow Yulee Drive to the Fire Station, bear left on Mason Creek Road and turn right on Garcia, then turn right to the Campground.