Crystal River Preserve State Park
Boat Tours & Sunset Cruises temporaily canceled.
The regularly scheduled Heritage-Eco Boat Tours and Sunset Cruises have been temporarily canceled. Please contact the park at 352-228-6028 for further updates.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
No fee required
Welcome to Crystal River Preserve State Park
Time stands still in the Crystal River Preserve State Park, a rare costal estuary fed by two majestic spring-fed rivers.
Its 27,000 acres of hardwood forests, lush mangroves, and salt marshes support an abundance of diverse wildlife making it an ideal location for bird watching. Its wetlands play a crucial role in refreshing Florida’s aquifer and can be explored via boat tours. Hiking, biking, paddle boarding and fishing are ways to appreciate this untouched sanctuary.
A place of exceptional natural beauty, the undisturbed islands, inlets, backwaters and forests of this Crystal River Preserve are especially cherished by nature lovers and photographers. The park borders 20 miles of the northern Gulf Coast between the two cities of Yankeetown and Homosassa.
The primary recreational opportunities are hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and nature observation. The five public trails located throughout the Preserve are: Crystal Cove trail at the Mullet Hole, Seven Mile Loop, Eco-Walk, Churchhouse Hammock and the trails at Dixie Shores (Loop Lake Trail, Marsh End Trail, Redfish Hole). Anglers can fish year-round at the Mullet Hole and often target brackish/saltwater species in the cooler winter months. Two kayak launches are available near the parks administrative office, one of which is a stop along Florida's Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.