If a waterfront home or lot is what you seek, look no further than Crystal River Florida real estate. Residents enjoy fantastic fishing and boating. Also, residents enjoy a wide variety of waterborne opportunities, that include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and scuba diving. From its headwaters at Kings Bay, one of the most elegant and luxurious neighborhoods in Citrus County, the river runs seven miles before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. It is difficult if not impossible, without a bird’s eye view, to imagine the myriad waterfront opportunities available. Whether it is an existing home or a lot on which to build that dream home, it is on the Crystal River or along its canals and tributaries, that you will find the perfect spot for your waterfront home.
Kings Bay – Luxury Real Estate
Along the shores of Kings Bay in Crystal River is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the county. A ride along Kings Bay Drive offers a glimpse of some of the most magnificent waterfront homes in the region. This neighborhood is quiet, a sort of community within a community, and gives residents a wonderful feeling of privacy and exclusivity. Crystal River Florida real estate is some of central Florida’s crown jewels.
Kings Bay itself is comprised of a cluster of fifty springs some 20 to 30 feet deep, with water so clear that you can see a dime sitting on the bottom, the Crystal River is a first magnitude system with a daily output of somewhere around 64 million gallons per day. Coming from deep in the limestone aquifer the spring water is at a constant 72 degrees year-round.
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Crystal River is also the home of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge, which is made up of 46 acres of islands and the Kings Bay basin, is the only federal preserve in Florida that devotes itself to the endangered manatee. The refuge is important because large numbers of manatees make their winter homes in Crystal River. enjoying the springs because of the water’s consistently warm temperatures. This warm water is crucial to their survival during the colder months. As a result, snorkeling or scuba diving with the manatees has become an unforgettable experience and large tourist attraction.
For the anglers, be they male or female, young or young at heart, the thrills available in the Crystal River are second to none. Near the springs and along the river a combination of fresh and saltwater fish are ready to take your bait. Largemouth bass, speckled perch and bream mingle with mangrove snapper, spotted seatrout, redfish, snook and the occasional tarpon. At the river’s mouth and out into the Gulf of Mexico, islands and oyster bars dot the seascape and anywhere and everywhere are ambush spots where seatrout and redfish await the unwary baitfish or the anglers’ lure. Grouper abound near structure close in or over hard bottom in deeper water. Large cobia or ling as they are also known, cruise the Gulf waters in the Spring and Summer. Spanish mackerel and ladyfish will delight the fly fisher with speed and leaps.
Fort Island Trail
Then there is Fort Island Trail which meandering through marshlands winds its way to the Gulf. Along the way, there are several elegant stilt homes. Furthermore, at the end of the Trail is a protected beach. Here, you will find several pavilions and a fishing pier that juts out into the Gulf for the public.
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