Swim with the manatees, reel in Florida’s best fishing, play great golf, hike through unspoiled forests, dive for scallops, and cycle on one of America’s top-rated trails!
Fun flows freely in communities filled with aquatic pursuits, unique shopping and dining, fascinating history, and remarkable natural surroundings.
Meet our gentle manatees, tackle some incredible fishing, explore our lakes and rivers, play great golf courses, take a hike through unspoiled forests, go scalloping, or explore our parks and attractions.
However you enjoy Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City, you will leave with an abundance of memories and a desire to return soon!
Recreation includes biking on many statewide trails, fishing, boating, kayaking, and nature watching. Home to nearly 400 manatees at one time, they come in frequently when the temperatures drop and find refuge in Crystal and Chassahowitzka Rivers which are both popular spots for kayaking.
Citrus County is home to the famous Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and Cassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. There are a number of uninhabited and/or sparsely inhabited coastal islands that can be accessed via watercraft. While some of the Citrus County islands are state lands and thus available for public use for recreational opportunities, many other Citrus County islands are private property and are either wholly or partially owned by private parties.
Manatees can also be viewed in the underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Most of the park's residents are injured animals either undergoing rehabilitation for future release to the wild or will be permanent due to their inability to be released to the wild. The notable exception is Lucifer, an African hippopotamus that had prior movie roles. When a permanent home could not be found for Lucifer, then-Governor Lawton Chiles named him an "honorary citizen of the state" thus allowing him to remain at the Park.
As of the 2020 census, there were 153,843 people, 64,621 households, and 40,063 families residing in the county. More than one-third of residents were senior citizens in 2014. Health care dominates the work force.
Citrus County is served by two local airports, Crystal River Airport and Inverness Airport.
One rail line operates within the county: A freight line to the Crystal River Energy Complex in northern Citrus County. Other lines that used to run through Citrus were either converted into rail trails such as the Cross Town Trail in Crystal River and Withlacoochee Trail in eastern Citrus County or abandoned.
The Citrus County newspaper of record is the Citrus County Chronicle, a daily. A second paper, The Newscaster, also circulates in Citrus County but is located in neighboring Marion County.
Other online news sources include Groundhog News, Citrus Daily, Real News Real Fast, Sunshine Standard, and Citrus Times Online.
The local TV station is WYKE-CD
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