Captain Wade is a happy-go-lucky, fun loving spirit and his motto is... Be happy, or go away. There is so much beauty and blessings all around if you just open your eyes! He's not sure he ever wants to retire, but he does look forward to growing old with his loving family. Until then, we are PROUD and humbled to consider him an essential member of our River Ventures family!
John is a native Floridian and was born in St. Pete, he's lived in the area for 50 years so he knows his stuff! He is a huge sports fan; basketball, football, hockey. But his real passion is for the Florida Gators
Phil is from Greenley, Colorodo and left when he was 17 to join the Army. He's been doing manatee tours for 5 years now and found his way to Crystal River because of his love for the Nature Coast! He came to town to be a scuba instructor, but quickly fell in love with the manatees! Prior to this, he was a professional Pirate on a cruise ship! Say arrrrgghh when you meet Captain Phil... and he'll know exactly what you mean!
The wild manatee population continues to grow and Boerner hopes the study will help continue that trend.
Spring and summer, winter and fall......there is no other thrill we have quite like seeing new babies in the Bay. We know that here in Crystal River they have a better chance of survival than anyplace else on the planet!!
Here at River Ventures and Safaris we have many scallop options for your family including departures from both our Crystal River and Homosassa locations this year. We can accommodate groups small and large with the finest Captains in the biz. Join us starting July 1st.
When sick or injured manatees are brought to rehabilitation facilities, you can feed them to increase their weight, provide the best available treatments and look at blood work, but we don’t have ways to assess some important physiological parameters such as energy cost,” said Senior Mote Aquarium Biologist Kat Boerner. “To provide more data to fine-tune rehabilitation, we want to better understand how much energy a healthy manatee burns, which gives us a better idea of the caloric intake needed for an animal of a given size.
Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring where you can see live mermaids, take a trip on a river boat cruise, learn about Florida wildlife, and swim in the pristine waters at Buccaneer Bay. You can also embark on a paddling adventure down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is one of Florida’s most legendary and unique family destinations, entertaining audiences since 1947.
'Manatees are sentient beings, loving touch of many forms, especially between mother and child. This video of momma and baby offers a clear view of his fin nails....many people do not know they have finger-like bones with nails!'
There’s so much to explore up in the trees. Whether you want to get a bird’s eye view or challenge yourself with a unique obstacle course, these treetop adventures are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Discover your next adventure below and add one of these treetop experiences to your Florida bucket list.
This manatee swimming through a canal in Woodland Estates in Crystal River got a snoutful of gasoline as it came up for air.
Two of the most popular and scenic routes in the area are the Ozello Trail and Fort Island Trail. Both run conveniently right off of US-19, expose you to gorgeous, twisting landscapes and are one straight 'run to the sun'!!
If you are new to this kind of adventure, or would like to improve your game, we have put together a few tips and tricks that will help you impress your fellow scallopers over the course of the summer.
The season, running Aug. 17 through Sept. 30, includes state waters from Bay County’s Mexico Beach Canal to the west edge of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
River Ventures Manatee tour was one the best experiences I have ever had! The boat captain was Troy and my in-water guide while snorkeling was Sheena. What wonderful, nice, and positive people these two were!
Your hosts at Lake Rousseau RV Resort want to invite you to a feast for your eyes and a dose of calm for your spirit under our vast canopy of ancient live oak trees here at the water's edge. Come drown worms and catch trophy-sized bass, crappie, and bluegill or plan a visit that includes kicking back on the porch and reading a good book. From breath-taking sunrises at the cove to gorgeous sunsets over the lake, your days can be as active or as lazy as you like.
When first arriving, the way winds through a long “tree tunnel” to the end of the paved road. There you will find a double boat ramp on a springs fed lagoon. To the right is the Camp Store where guests may check in for camping, buy curios, local art, snacks and supplies, pay for parking, and get loads of good area info about the Chassahowitzka River. You may also rent a kayak, canoe or jonboat at the old bait house on the lagoon. Once checked in, you may head back down the tree tunnel to RV sites, and tent camping.
Enjoy a beautiful RV resort on Florida's scenic West Coast. Indulge in the nearby Gulf beaches, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and fishing. Crystal Isles RV Resort lets you create the perfect blend of peace, pleasure and play for the Florida RV vacation you have been dreaming of. Hit a golf ball, stroll on the wide beaches, rent a boat, catch a fish in local streams and lakes, or visit nearby King's Bay to swim with a manatee - it's all waiting for you
As one of the newest hotels in Crystal River Florida - this Holiday Inn Express® hotel features a modern green-friendly and smoke-free environment. We're also conveniently located near highways 19 and 44 - which offer easy access to Inverness - Tampa and Orlando.
After its construction in the sixties, Plantation on Crystal River stood alone along Florida's "Nature Coast" as a testament to elegance, southern hospitality, and natural splendor. However, as the Gulf Coast of Florida began to grow, it became clear that our hotel was due for a reinvigoration of its spirit and energy.