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Florida Scalloping Charters


Season opens annually - July 1st to September 25th

Scallop Trips run daily at 6:45 AM & 10:15 AM throughout the season. Book early as seating is limited on this adventure.

Join River Ventures on a scalloping charter suitable for the whole family. We will board our boats for the early trip at 6:45 AM, and the afternoon scallop trip at 10:15 AM, to begin our journey down the scenic Crystal River to the prime scalloping grounds found in the shallow water grass flats of the Gulf of Mexico. Our scalloping trips along the unspoiled shores of Crystal River and Homosassa provide an adventure to scallop fishers of all ages. Scalloping season opens annually on July 1st and runs through September 25th. Our scalloping charters are part snorkeling experience, and part treasure hunting, as you seek out those scrumptious scallops nestled in the grasses of our clear Gulf waters. While snorkeling along the surface searching for your scallops, you will be amazed at the beautiful sights; the abundance of undisturbed marine life, aquatic plant life, sea sponges, coral, even sea turtles, and dolphins are seen regularly, it all adds up to an adventurous and unforgettable day suitable for all ages. If you can swim, you can scallop! Fun for the entire family!

The prime scalloping grounds off of Citrus County offer crystal clear water. We find the Scallops in the shallow water, most of the time in less than 5 feet of water, making this a suitable activity for both adults and children. Because of the abundance of scallops in our waters, Citrus County has become a prime-scalloping destination along the Nature Coast. If you are looking for a fun and adventurous activity that is suitable for the entire family then look no further. Join us on one of our guided scallop charters today.

Early morning scalloping charters meet at the River Ventures Tour Center at 6:45 AM, and return to the docks at approximately 11:00 AM. Afternoon tours will meet at 10:15 AM, and will return by 3:00 PM daily throughout the scalloping season. Please arrive to our shop by 6:45 AM for the early trip, and 10:15 AM for the afternoon trip to prepare for your scallop trip. Our scalloping charters are complete, just bring your towel, bathing suit, and sandwiches if you desire and we will provide the rest.

Our Trips include the following:

State Fishing License for each person
Coolers and Ice to keep your catch fresh
Float Noodles and Inflatable Snorkel Vests for the kids
USCG Certified Captains & Guides
Bottled Water on Ice
Mask, Fins, and Snorkel for each person
Mesh catch bags for your scallops
Comfortable boats with Bimini tops to keep you shaded

What you should bring:

•    Towel & Bathing Suit
•    Sunscreen (waterproof)
•    Sunglasses (polarized glasses are best)
•    Sandwiches, snacks, and preferred beverages


Underwater Cameras (available for purchase in our gift shop)

Our full service scallop charters fill quickly, so be sure to reserve your scallop trip in advance by calling the number below.

Only $75.00 Per Person
(no hidden fees, all gear included)

Scallop Trips: 6:45 AM & 10:15 AM daily.

Call today with questions or to reserve your scallop charter:

River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
498 S.E. Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone: 352-564-8687
Toll Free: 1-877-581-8401


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Phone: 352 564-TOUR (8687)
Toll Free: 1-877-581-8401 River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
498 SE Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, Florida 34429


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