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Old 08-26-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
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Crystal River Area in Florida

We think that will be our next (we're brand new - 2nd) trip. Any recommendations for the area? We're thinking about the Lake Rousseau Fishing Resort. Looks like Old Florida.
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We really liked Rock Crusher Canyon
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:16 PM   #3
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I have to agree Rock Crusher Canyon is a great campsite it was our first trip and loved it
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:36 PM   #4
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What impressed you about Rock Crusher Canyon? We're not that fussy. As long as there's a swimming pool, full hookups, and places to walk the dogs we're happy. We really like scenic places. We just stayed at Ramblers Rest near Venice and enjoyed it.
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Hi joycev,
Consider Nature Coast Landings. It is just North of Crystal River. Go to
Nature Coast Landings. Floridas friendliest RV Resort and check it out. One is next to the old Florida canal. Perfect for walking the dog, biking, etc.
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Rock Crusher Canyon has a lot of trees very friendly has a pool full hookup with cable tv wifi dog park pool great place to walk ride bikes what ever you want very relaxing
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We're not that fussy.

As long as there's a swimming pool, full hookups, and places to walk the dogs we're happy.
Uh .... OK
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What gcarter said. It's got tons of trees, so is a state or national forest feel with all the hookups and amenities.

You MUST go eat at The Freezer Tiki Bar in Homosassa. It's a hole-in-the-wall dive, but it's got the BEST steamed shrimp you've ever eaten.
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I was at Lake Rousseau Fishing Resort last year. In being kind, the reality is nothing like the web site pictures. It is an older true fish camp with many older RV's that will never move again, sites are tight with only two or three sites that can actually see the lake. We considered it a wasted weekend.

If you want the old Florida experience try one of the excellent Florida State Parks.
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I agree with gacamp. Lake Rousseau is just an old fish camp. We're going to stay January-March at Quail Roost. They don't have a lot of real estate for walking dogs though they are pet friendly. They have an enormous pool and a fitness center with some nautilus and treadmills. Also shuffle board and horse shoes and more. ..
Lots of good seafood places in the area. My favorite is Charlie's Fish House.
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Rock Crusher Wins

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. We booked a 5 day trip. Very grateful for all the restaurant and rv park suggestions. Looking forward to exploring the area.
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Rock Crusher Canyon was a very nice place to visit. We got there around 4:30 on Labor Day Saturday and were immediately greeted by a bunch of nice camping neighbors who helped us back up into our spot. The resort is located on a hill with tons of trees and Spanish moss. Nice change from the flat area where we live. Very cool resident gopher tortoises on the property. Also nice heated pool and spa. Everyone waved and was friendly and there were lots of very well behaved dogs that weekend. We did go out one night to Peck's in Ozello. Very atmospheric drive 9 miles into the marsh. We had huge grouper dishes outside on the covered tiki bar during a rainstorm and watched a rainbow overhead. Service was very friendly and cordial, despite the fact that they were very busy. Homosassa Springs Park was a fantastic place to visit. Couldn't get over how clear the springs are and how close you can view the manatees. Lots of great local and very interesting animal exhibits: flamingos, bald eagles, burrowing owls, otters, roseate spoonbills, panthers, foxes, wolves and bears - oh my! We took the tram ride in the park and unfortunately there was a storm so we couldn't take the boat back. Also visited the Indian mounds at the Crystal River archeological Park and of course Weeki Wachee. What a hoot! As a baby boomer of the 60's I remember all the commercials. In reading their literature ABC bought the park in the 60's which was why when we watched Disney on Sunday nights we saw all the commercials. The mermaid show is not to be missed. There is a sand beach with waterslides and you can swim in the springs. This time we were fortunate to take a boat ride on the Weeki Wachee River. Almost made it to the Freezer Bar and Charlie's - guess that will have to wait for another visit. Many thanks to all for their advice.
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Glad you enjoyed it and had a good trip,we had a good time when we were there 3 years ago.
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Earlier this year we stayed a week at Chaz River Campground. Small, quaint, just steps from the river, kayak rentals, fishing. Did I say quaint? But thats the kind of place we enjoy. Get up in the morning and go kayak with manatees. No pool and few other aminities but that made for a very enjoyable week.
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