Exploring our Backyard Waterways Series
Early European settlers hunted the Ocklawaha River’s dense swamp forests, fished its pristine waters and used the waterway as a major thoroughfare into central Florida. Silver Springs was for decades one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations and is a 3 hour boat ride from Mount Dora Boating Center.
Dealer Gives Back to Community in a Million Ways
Kids and hundreds of other families overflow the Mt. Dora Boating Center’s parking lot and surrounding streets each December evening. But it’s not to visit the showroom. Rather, it’s to be immersed in the spirit of Christmas as illuminated by well over 1 million lights and displays that literally blanket the buildings, grounds and docks of this central Florida dealership.
Exploring our Backyard Waterways
Known to the early settlers of Florida as the Elfin River this one and a quarter mile stretch of waterway has earned the reputation of being one of the most beautiful in Florida. This jungle-like waterway is part of a large wetland swamp, fed by underground springs, abundant rainfall and lake out flow. Its beautiful old Bald Cypress trees draped with Spanish Moss provide a picturesque canopy for the abundant flora and fauna below.
Day-tripping to St. Johns River/ Silver Glen State Park
Our Central Florida Boating Destinations article mentions a number of popular day cruise spots, one of them is the St. Johns River. This 311 mile river is just a short 20 mile trailer trip to the east of Mount Dora. While just being on the river makes for a great day, we picked Silver Glen State Park as our destination for a little swimming and snorkeling.
Get On Board
We all could use some on-water relaxation Get on board this summer by practicing social distancing while boating and fishing with help from our friends @DiscoverBoating + @TakeMeFishing
Vacation on Demand
You don’t need to own a boat to experience what it’s like to have a vacation at your fingertips. DiscoverBoating.com has an interactive Go Boating Today tool that generates local options for boat rentals, classes, charters and more, by simply entering a city or zip code.
How to Enjoy Boating When you Don’t Own a Boat
Would you like to go boating but not ready to buy boat? A lot of people are but unless you’ve got friends or relatives who own a boat you might be wondering how.
Recreation – Get Out on the Water
When some think of boating, they don’t necessarily think of destination boating, they think more along the lines of recreational boating. Fact is, when it comes to boating, the only destination you need is the water.
Central Florida Boating Destinations
Here in Central Florida we’re blessed with lakes, rivers, gulfs and an ocean all within an hours drive in any direction. More importantly boating with family and friends is time spent like no other. It’s enjoyed by every generation and connects people like nothing else.
Harris Chain of Lakes
Set amongst the quaint towns of Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares and Leesburg, is the Harris Chain of Lakes. This chain is a part of the Ocklawaha River Basin and includes Lakes Dora, Beauclair, Carlton, Eustis, Apopka, Harris, Little Harris, Griffin and Yale.