Lake County is truly a water sports and nature lovers paradise. With 1400 lakes and 350 miles of shoreline, there is something for every boater.
Cruising the Chain is a popular pastime with great sightseeing attractions such as the Dead River and the Dora Canal. The Hurricane Grill Dockside, Al's Landing and the Lake Harris Hideaway are waterside favorites among the cruising crowd.
The sprawling Harris Chain of Lakes hosts many major bass tournaments. Many are nationally televised ESPN professional tournaments with angler competing for prizes up to $100,000.
Largemouth bass regularly grow past the 10 pound mark and speckled perch or "crappie" as they are known locally, can exceed 3 pounds. Bluegills and Shellcrackers are also a favorite with anglers who are looking for a fish dinner as well as great fun without a lot of challenge.
Established in 1913, the Mount Dora Yacht Club offers sailing lessons and sponsors a popular annual regatta at Gilbert Park on the shores of Lake Dora.
The lakes host numerous sailing regattas as well as popular power boat racing events. Forth of July festivities include fireworks over the Lakes. Boaters have a front-row seat at this popular event where it is possible to view the fireworks of Mount Dora, Tavares, Eustis, Clermont, Leesburg and Lake Lake, all at the same time!
The vast Saint Johns River boarders the county on the East. If you're so inclined, here you can travel all the way to Jacksonville where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. To the west is the Gulf of Mexico and the beautiful Crystal River area. A popular tourist attraction is River Ventures Swim with Manatees Tour Center where you can swim and snorkel with live manatees.