Three Sisters Spring

Crystal River, FL

I’ve had Three Sisters Spring on my list to film for some time.  What a special place!  It’s also the perfect location to visit during the dog days of summer.

WHY THREE SISTERS?

Three Sisters Spring consists of three, small springs within one park and one body of water.  It’s famous for it’s crystal-clear water and beautiful, unspoiled setting.  It’s also famous for the hundreds of Manatees that visit the spring during the winter but can be found year-round.  More on the manatees below.

ANOTHER AMAZING SPRING TO VISIT BY BOAT

PERFECT BOATING LOCATION

The Spring is an ideal place to visit by boat, kayak or SUP because it’s the only way to access the spring head.  The combination of crystal-clear water, consistent water temps of approximately 75 degrees year-round, and a natural, forest-like surrounding make Three Sisters Spring a fun place to explore.

SPRING ACCESS

Access to the spring is from anchoring outside the small entrance channel.  You’ll notice the entrance from the vertical steel posts that block it.  Only swimmers or paddle craft can enter the spring head and I’d estimate only three feet of width between each post.  Boaters must anchor along the opening on either side.  There are no wakes since everyone travels at idle speed.  Also, there’s not much of a noticeable current outside the spring.  As a result, the boats tend to stay still. Also, it’s worth noting that the depth during a high tide is too deep to stand throughout most of the spring.  Consequently, you should consider bringing a float for comfort and security. 

THESE WATER FLOATS ARE IDEAL FOR THREE SISTERS SPRING

MANATEE HEAVEN

During the winter months Three Sisters is a haven for hundreds of Manatees as they escape the colder water for the warmer springs.  Three Sisters is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and is designated a protective spot for these gentle and unique creatures.  Because of this you can only enter the spring between April and November; the rest of the year is off-limits.

CRYSTAL RIVER AREA

Crystal River is a sleepy, enjoyable, “small town”. The main draws are the three main springs (Three Sisters, Hunter and King) along with the main river, great fishing and scalloping and unspoiled beauty. 

HOW TO FIND A BOAT-FRIENDLY HOTEL WHEN TRAILERING YOUR BOAT

WHERE TO LAUNCH AND WHERE TO STAY

If you want to bring your own boat then it’s easiest to stay at the Plantation on Crystal River.  The Plantation has their own boat ramp and docking along their seawall that’s first-come, first-serve.  Also, they have plenty of parking for your trailer during your stay.    Another hotel that is new is the Hampton Inn just around the corner.  It’s not on the water but I included it because it’s nice and conveniently located and less expensive.  Also, it’s boat-friendly for small boats. 

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BOAT INFO

LAT/LONG:
28.88’80”N 82.58’95”W

SETTING:
Freshwater Spring, Unspoiled, “Old Florida”

SPRING BOTTOM:
Sand, Rock, Fallen Leaves 

ANCHORING:
Anchor Outside of Spring Head Entrance (Clearly Marked)

BOAT RAMP:

Plantation on Crystal River

Canoe & Kayak Launch at Pete’s Pier

SHOWERS:
No

BATHROOMS:
No 

COST TO ENTER PARK

No Cost for Boaters/Kayakers

ANCHORING

Use Bow Anchor 

WAVES:
None/Protected

LIFEGUARDS:
No

WATER CLARITY:
Epic

RESTAURANTS NEARBY:
Cracker’s Bar & Grill 

Granny’s Country Cooking

NEARBY BOAT-FRIENDLY HOTELS:
Plantation on Crystal River

Hampton Inn Crystal River

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