Welcome to Homosassa Springs
As any fly-fisher will tell you, the Homosassa River is a popular feeding ground for the Silver King of the sea world, Atlantic tarpon. Every summer, the river is dotted with 20 to 30 flat boats as anglers sit in hushed concentration hoping to see one roll. The tarpon begin to run in May and fade out in July, usually about when the area's other main draw returns – scallop season. Although the timing varies, for three months midyear hundreds of people descend on Homosassa to comb the sea-grass beds and fill their 2-gallon-per-day scallop quota. Outlets offer half- and full-day trips for fishing and scalloping, along with shore lunches.
The warm waters of the river are also a favorite hangout for slow-moving West Indian manatees between October and March. To view them, visit the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, which is quieter than Crystal River.