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Homosassa River, Homosassa

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Homosassa River is a 7.7mi river in Citrus County, Florida, in the western part of the state. Its headwaters are the Homosassa Springs, and from there it flows west into the Gulf of Mexico. The river is home to common bottlenose dolphins, West Indian manatees, alligator snapping turtles, nine-banded armadillos, snakes, birds, eastern box turtles, oysters, raccoons, American alligators, Virginia opossums, North American river otters and many species of both freshwater and saltwater fish. The Homosassa River is an estuary, which means that as it moves inland, it changes from salt water to fresh very gradually, and the river is brackish. The river is good for canoeing and kayaking.Monkey IslandMonkey Island is a small island in the Homosassa River next to downtown "Old" Homosassa Florida. The island was originally created when G. A. Furgason, a developer of the Homosassa area, hired a dragline operator to create the island from a pile of rocks submerged during high tide in order to keep boats from running aground. The island derives its name from the monkeys relocated to the island from the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in the 1960s. The monkeys were moved from the park due "problematic" behavior, including stealing candy, entering cars, and biting visitors. The river acts as a natural fence because the monkeys prefer not to swim. Currently five spider monkeys inhabit the island, three of which are from the original relocation. The island contains a lighthouse, Cedar trees, and a monkey "playground".
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  • Love this river. Put our kayaks in and just roamed around looking at all the different homes and wildlife, manatee and loads of fish.  more »
  • Great day spent on the river with Captain Wyn on the Blue Heaven tour boat., watching the manatees. We also saw monkeys on Monkey Island and 3 playful dolphins. Thank you for a great 3 hour tour.  more »
  • What's not to like about seeing Manatees and walking in a very nice park with lots of animals to see and picturesque  more »