Category Archives: Homosassa

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Updated Nov. 22, 2017 The latest cold fronts have not packed that much of a punch. Just a cool day with breezy-to-windy conditions. The newcomer to the inshore bite, besides trout and red fish, has been sheepshead. Sheepshead usually gear up on the near shore rocks some time around Christmas, but my clients and I … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project moves Forward

The Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project in Homosassa continues to move forward. The sidewalk construction is a Department of Transportation (DOT) Local Agency Program (LAP) project.  LAP projects are federally funded which means the planning and approval stages takes longer, and are more complicated, than with a locally funded project of the same size and scope. … Continue reading Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project moves Forward

US 19 Lane Closures Nov. 19-21 in Homosassa

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises that periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00p.m. and 7:00a.m. Sunday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 21, nights. Motorists should be alert to possible lane shifts and use caution while in the … Continue reading US 19 Lane Closures Nov. 19-21 in Homosassa

Wildlife Park to host November 25 Bird Walk

Experienced and novice birders are welcome The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, November 25, 2017. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail which … Continue reading Wildlife Park to host November 25 Bird Walk

Wildlife Puppeteers to Present New Play Nov. 22

New puppet plays to highlight “Night at the Wildlife Park“ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting an exciting new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays. The Night in the Wildlife Park play is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22 at 2:00 pm in the Florida Room at … Continue reading Wildlife Puppeteers to Present New Play Nov. 22

Fall Arts in the Wildlife Park Show Nov. 18-19

The Citrus Watercolor Society will be holding its Fall Arts in the Wildlife Park exhibit and sale in the Visitor Center of the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park November 18 – 19, 2017. This show features the artwork of the Society’s many talented watercolorists. Originals, prints and cards will be available for purchase. … Continue reading Fall Arts in the Wildlife Park Show Nov. 18-19

See the Wildlife Park Residents enjoying their Halloween Treats

Enjoy the photos of the park animals receiving their Halloween treats as part of the park’s animal enrichment program. These photos were taken by Susan Strawbridge, Park Specialist. The volunteers do a great job preparing the treats, and the animals (as you can see) really enjoy them. Biddy the Florida Black Bear Swiper the Red … Continue reading See the Wildlife Park Residents enjoying their Halloween Treats

Manatees swim into spotlight at Wildlife Park

With cooling temperatures, wild manatees are seeking warmer spring waters and will be joining Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park’s resident manatees in the park’s first-magnitude spring. The water temperatures in the spring remain at 74 degrees year-round. On very cold mornings as many as 70 wild manatees can be seen congregating in the spring run. The … Continue reading Manatees swim into spotlight at Wildlife Park

43rd Annual Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival

Well, it’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about the upcoming holiday season, I’m talking about Festival Season! The weather is perfect and everyone wants to be outdoors after a long hot humid summer. In my little corner of the world there are a least two events every weekend. Last week was … Continue reading 43rd Annual Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival

Betsy the Manatee Welcomed Home

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has welcomed Betsy the manatee back home.   She was born at the park on October 19, 1990, and weighed from 60 to 70 pounds at birth. Amanda was her mother. Betsy was transferred in November 2010 to the Cincinnati Zoo for their manatee exhibit and has been … Continue reading Betsy the Manatee Welcomed Home

Homosassa River Restoration Project

I have always considered myself very fortunate to be able to live here in Homosassa.  I started visiting the area when I first moved to Florida in 1982.  Love it. But I think I might have been taking it for granted.  Our river is dying.  Along with most of the rivers and springs in the … Continue reading Homosassa River Restoration Project

New Wildlife Puppeteers play at the Wildlife Park Oct. 21

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting an exciting new Wildlife Puppeteers’ play this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Discovery Center inside the wildlife park. Regular park admission applies. Did you see the movie, Night in the Museum? This play is an … Continue reading New Wildlife Puppeteers play at the Wildlife Park Oct. 21

Wildlife Park to host Oct. 21 Bird Walk

Experienced and novice birders are welcome The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, October 21, 2017. An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail which … Continue reading Wildlife Park to host Oct. 21 Bird Walk

Haunted Tram Rides event at Wildlife Park Oct. 27-28

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are busy planning and setting up for their annual Haunted Tram Rides community event scheduled for the evenings of Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. The event will begin at 6:00 pm each evening, and run until 10:00 … Continue reading Haunted Tram Rides event at Wildlife Park Oct. 27-28

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

On the Big Bend we have officially received the tittle of The Endless Summer. Even though there is not much surf on this coast we have been an anglers dream with good weather and excellent fishing. The redfish bite is just the same as years before. Schooling redfish is just a part of a Citrus county angler’s … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

FDOT Opens up Lane on US 19 in Homosassa

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises the US 19 northbound left turn lane onto westbound Homosassa Trail is now reopened. The turn lane had been closed since Thursday, October 5 due to a small depression in the turn lane.

FDOT advises of Halls River Bridge night work October 9

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be working to repair the guard railing on the Halls River Bridge during the night of Monday, October 9, beginning at 7:00pm. The maximum duration of traffic stops will be 15 minutes for approaching vehicles which will allow meaningful work to occur and short enough that it doesn’t unreasonably … Continue reading FDOT advises of Halls River Bridge night work October 9

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Windy conditions and muddy water have had affected our local fishing. To the north, around the mouth of the Withlacoochee, the stained waters have made their way south to the Spoil Banks, and to the south around Chassahowitzka, the water looks like coffee with extra cream. Although these areas are murky, there is still a … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Almost three years ago, Roger Cullen, a resident of Old Homosassa, formed the “Access to the River” committee with the goal of creating a county park on the Homosassa River.  There is no free public access to the residents of the county to the river.  The original committee was made up of representatives of the … Continue reading Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

With this week I’ve had family come out and help my two girls, fiance and I move back into generational land that has been ours since the early nineteen hundreds. Being close to mom’s love and cooking, dad’s land management with wisdom, and sisters who are strong, my life is about as good as one … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Wildlife Park Reopens: October features Bats

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, including the Wildlife Walk, has reopened with regular admission.  A section of boardwalk from the from the Alligator bridge to the Otter bridge is temporarily closed to for post-storm maintenance. Another small section of boardwalk from West entrance from bleachers to the Fish Bowl is also closed for maintenance. … Continue reading Wildlife Park Reopens: October features Bats

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

After Hurricane Irma, I was concerned first with my family and personal belongings. When the dust settled (no flooding, Thank You God!) and we cleaned up aftermath, the next step was to see how the fish were biting and our Nature Coast waters were doing. What I found was some dirty water and good fishing. … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Homosassa Springs Road Closures

Aquaduct Street is closed at US 19 in Homosassa Springs W. Aquaduct Street is closed beginning September 19, between US 19 and S. Pittsburgh Avenue, for underground utility installation work. It is expected to reopen the morning of September 22. DETOUR: Drivers can use W. Homosassa Trail, S. Pittsburgh Avenue, and W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard … Continue reading Homosassa Springs Road Closures

Learn About Vultures Cancelled: Wildlife Park Open

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has reopened to the public starting Monday, September 18, 2017. The Wildlife Walk portion of the Park is still closed until repairs can be completed. Trams and boats will be running today also. Park admission is 50% off until the Wildlife Walk is reopened. The Learn about the … Continue reading Learn About Vultures Cancelled: Wildlife Park Open

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

In Homosassa we survived a major hurricane. No flooding but plenty of Limbs down and lots of rain water. It will be a quick recovery and we will be back in business by the end of this week, ready to go catch some fish. I expect a redfish bite to be game on, along with … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Wildlife Puppeteers to present new plays beginning Sept 23

New puppet plays to highlight “Night at the Wildlife Park” The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting the next in an exciting new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays starting Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Magnolia Room at the park’s main entrance and … Continue reading Wildlife Puppeteers to present new plays beginning Sept 23

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

A good Fall trout bite is happening on the incoming and out going tides. Tall brown rock grass is the key structure to find trout. On low tide it will be visible laying on the surface indicating areas you do not want to run your motor. Some of the bests spots on outgoing tide will … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Learn about the Autumnal Equinox Sept 17

An equinox is the moment in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun’s disk. Park volunteer Elizabeth DeMonte invites you to learn some fun and interesting facts about the Autumnal Equinox which is coming September 22, 2017. She will present two programs on the Sunday before the Autumnal Equinox, … Continue reading Learn about the Autumnal Equinox Sept 17

“Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

September is Vulture Awareness and Appreciation Month at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Learn about New World and Old World Vultures, the key role they play in the environment, and the plight they face in many countries. September’s displays in the Visitor Center and Discovery Center will focus attention on Florida’s two New … Continue reading “Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Our coastline on the Nature Coast is blessed with some of the best fishing Florida has to offer. I also believe that each part of Florida has it’s own unique and best fishing Florida has to offer. On the Nature Coast, and in Citrus County, our guides and captains are good at what they do … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney