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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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  • This river is so calm. I appreciate the volunteers on kayak watching out for the manatees and the tourists.  more »
  • From the "blue water" to the gulf coast there is an abundance of nature. All sorts of birds, and mammals. Speed limits at certain times of year help make it a relaxing and enjoyable boat trip. Of cour...  more »
  • This river is amazing, the variety of wildlife that you can see is spectacular. Everything from manatees to alligators. Hire a boat go up to the natural spring, snorkel with the manatees, fish, then m...  more »

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