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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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  • The Homosassa River is one of sentence rivers in Citrus County. Loved by locals and not well known to Florida tourists. Life along this river is reminiscent of life in Old Florida. It is certainly wor...  more »
  • The Homosassa river is full of many species of birds and is peaceful and beautiful. Manatees can be found in this river as well.  more »
  • We had a great day exploring the park. They had a hippo who resides there from a zoo that was closed years ago. He's pretty spoiled. They had many different kinds of birds as well Boat and train ride ...  more »