Homosassa River and Monkey Island 

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    Our tours offer so much to explore on the Homosassa River. We can take you from the Blue waters of the Springs all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. We love to share the history of the Homosassa River as well as all of natures beauty. Weather you are snorkeling with the Manatees or just on a River Tour to see these Gentle Giants and all the awesome wildlife of the River we know you will love the adventure. You can cruise by Monkey Island which is alot of Fun and always entertaining. There is so much wondefull scenery and of course there is always a chance of seeing Dolphins, turtles a variety of birds and wildlife along the way. Here is just a little info on the Homosassa river and Monkey Island to wet your appetite!

Homosassa River is a 7.7-mile-long (12.4 km)[1] 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 Island

Monkey 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 spidermonkeys 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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