Florida Manatee- Nature at its best!

Florida Manatee- Nature at its best!

Citrus County is famous for being home to the endangered West Indian Manatee and the Florida Manatee. For decades, people from around the world travel to Crystal River Florida to see these enchanting mammals. The manatee, also known as the sea cow, is one of the most captivating and easily recognizable species on the planet.

Citrus County’s Springs

Florida Manatee Crystal river

Citrus County has seven main rivers, some of which are spring-fed, and ultimately drain into the Gulf of Mexico. Cool spring water provides a seemingly endless supply of fresh water from the Crystal River, Homosassa River, Chassahowitzka River and their tributaries. There are literally hundreds of fresh water springs which maintain a year-round fresh water temperature of 72 degrees. The 30 largest springs alone, pump 600 million gallons of water daily. For that reason, Florida manatee flock to these warm waters and make their home here in winter. Crystal River offers one of best locations to see and interact with the Florida manatee.

Three Sisters Springs

Most noteworthy, our largest tourist attraction is Three Sisters Springs. A beautiful natural manatee sanctuary in Crystal River, Florida. Three Sisters Manatee Mother and Calf swimming in Crystal River, FloridaSprings is a complex of three main spring areas surround by native vegetation. These springs help feed Kings Bay which is the headwaters of Crystal River.  Likewise, the water maintains a temperature of 72 degrees year round making this a major winter herding place for the endangered Florida Manatee. They depend on its warm water for their survival. The springs are a protected, natural wildlife refuge that is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The park is open to the public. The springs are nearly surrounded by a wooden boardwalk which gives our visitors different views showcasing the springs and the manatees. Throughout the walk, you will notice bubbles rising from the waters and a nose peeking through. This is the manatees coming to the surface for a breath of air.

Florida Manatee Love Our Waters

During the winter months the manatees congregate at the springs to enjoy the warm waters. It is crucial for the survival of the manatees to stay in waters with a temperature higher than sixty eight degrees. With the crystal clear, warm spring waters and the rich vegetation around the springs, it is an ideal location for the manatees to breed and give birth.

And, if you are as attracted to the area as we are, give us call and we will help you find that perfect piece of property.

There is presently an abundance of vacant properties available for every budget.

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