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Lake County Lakes
You might have wondered how Lake County got its name, well don’t be surprised to learn that it is because of number of lakes it has, in fact it has over one thousand lakes and rivers, both small and large, long and short.
Apart from if you are staying on the coast you will be able to enjoy a variety of water activities more than any other county in Florida. Obviously they are all fresh water. There is a variety of activities available. Lake County is known as ‘The Freshwater Boater’s Paradise.
Let me cover the issue of fishing first, the main fish found are largemouth bass and crappie. These are found nearly everywhere and in every little bit of water. There are small fishing competitions nearly every weekend, many being sponsored so if you are really into fishing, take your rods with you and escape the family for a day, leaving them at The Parks or at The Malls. That is of course if the rest of family don’t share your interest. If you are really into fishing you could time your visit with one of the international tournaments that take place every year in Lake County. I have it good authority that it can be difficult to know where to put yourself as there is so much to find.
Now let me proceed to pleasure boating. If you are lucky enough to know someone with their own boat there are many ramps where you can launch and enjoy a few hours just gently cruising or fishing. However there are many places where you can join a boat cruise. These can be just a gentle cruise when you just hope to see some of the local wildlife, such as alligators, otters and wide variety of wildfowl. Then there are the more informative cruises around Mount Dora where you go into the Dora Canal, where parts of ‘The African Queen’ was filmed. Then of course there are the evening romantic cruises when you can enjoy the sunsets before partaking of a dinner.
Now to finish with there is the more energetic form of boating. There are many places where you can hire kayaks or canoes and venture off on your own. This is no doubt the best way to see the local wildlife as they are not so likely to hear you coming. If you do do this you must go into the Dora Canal and see the towering cypress trees which are covered in Spanish moss which is a perfect haven for nesting birds.
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