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Welcome to the Harris Chain of Lakes



Set amongst the quaint towns of Eustis, Mount Dora, Leesburg, and Tavares is the Harris Chain of Lakes. This chain is a part of the Oklawaha River Basin and includes Lake Eustis (7,806 acres), Lake Harris (15,087 acres), Little Lake Harris (3,359 acres), Lake Dora (4,475 acres), Lake Beauclair (1,140 acres), Lake Griffin (9,327 acres), Lake Yale (4,013 acres) and Lake Carlton (376 acres).

These are some of the largest lakes in the state, and as such provide a multitude of recreation options for Floridians. Sailors, boaters, and waterskiers are common sights on all of these lakes, but the main attraction on the Harris chain is the bass fishing. Countless tournaments have been hosted on this chain, attracted to the prize-winning bass which have put these lakes in the national spotlight.

The popularity of the area and its charming towns have brought many tourists and permanent settlers to the area in recent years. The population growth on and around the lakefronts has led to a strong effort to preserve the quality of the area's lakes. The Harris Chain of Lakes Restoration Council and the Lake County Water Authority are two organizations devoted to the upkeep of the Harris Chain's beautiful waters to be enjoyed for generations to come. Information provided by Dernthal Realty Group


  • Dead River connects Lake Harris to Lake Eustis
  • Dora Cannel Connects Lake Dora to Lake Eustis
  • Haines Creek with a lock (6ft drop)connects Lake Eustis to Lake Griffin
  • Lake Griffey north to the Ocklawaha river locks (Moss bluff 23 ft drop) to the Silver river to Silver Springs
  • .Lake Apopka is connected via a lock thru the Apopka Canal
  • Lake Yale is part of the chain but not connected via a navigable river or canal

Local Knowledge provided by Capt Kerry Kline of Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes

Safe Boating Week 2011


May 21-27 2011

This year during National Safe Boating Week, and throughout the boating season remember to practice safe and responsible boating, always wear your life jacket, and be alert and aware while on the water. By practicing these simple steps you can save your life as well as the lives of the people boating with you. Life jackets are now more comfortable and lightweight than ever, with many new styles to fit the style you want. Safe boating saves lives so for this year’s North American Safe Boating Week (May 21–27, 2011) and throughout the boating season remember to "Wear It!"





Safe Boating Campaign

Safe Boating Council

Ready Set Inflate

Boating Safety Resource Center

Vessel Safety Check


Local Events

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"Wear It” Boat Parade (with a Fly-over by the USCG helicopter – pending)

(Last year we had 15 boats participate from different organizations.)

May, 21st Noon

Crystal River, Floirda

Kings Bay – passing by the Ale House, Pete’s Pier, Ft. Island Trail boat ramps/park and more listed below

This will be our second “Wear It” Boat Parade around Kings Bay, up the Crystal River, passing Crystal River State Archaeological Park and the Crystal River State Preserve Park, to Shell Island and back, ending in Kings Bay.

1) Also, we will have a Safety Information display set up at West Marine in Crystal River From May 21-May 28, along with free Vessel Inspections being done in the West Marine parking lot all week.

2) In addition, we will have a Safety Information display set up outside of our Radio Room right at the docks of the Crystal River State Preserve State Park in Crystal River on May 21 and 22 (Sat. and Sun.)

3) An About Boating Safely class will be held during National Safe Boating Week at our Flotilla building located at 148 NE 5th St. in Crystal River, FL. For more information about the class, people can call Linda Jones at 352-503-6199.

Contact Information: Linda Jone -Vice Flotilla Commander 352-503-6199 LJones1501@gmail.com



Radio Interviews from 2010 on the World Of Boating

Chris Castelli- Clay Count Sheriff Office on BUI

Fred Meffmann-NSBC

Rusty Gardner-CGA DSC/MMSI

Chris Edmondston-Boat US / Boating Education




2020 Holiday Boat Parades


This year it has been much more difficult to confirm dates. Please confirm with the event before you attend. Some may cancel at the last minute.

Did we miss one? Please let us know if so. Click here  or rusty@floridabywater.com

Please confirm dates and times, they are subject to change

*Please send changes or corrections to rusty@floridabywater.com .

Safe Boating Week 2010

Safe Boating Week 2010

safeboatingwobOrlando FL., May 15 2010, - The World of Boating, Florida By Water, The Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as other marine agencies kicked off“Safe Boating Week” (May 22-28) with a show dedicated to promoting water safety.

The show had segments with discussions relating to topics such as Life Jackets, DSC Radios, MMSI numbers, BUI , Vessel Safety Checks, and Boating Safety Education.

Greg Holt, host of World of Boating Radio, stated, “Boating safety is subject that is often overlooked by the media. Many boaters would like to avoid this subject but the truth is, just following a few basic principles can save lives. If the World of Boating can help get the message out, then we all sleep better at night”

Rusty Gardner, President of Florida By water as well as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, was in the studio to answer questions about boating safety topics.


World of Boating Radio focused on Safe Boating Practices

National Safe Boating week World of Boating radio show spectacular! (Hour 1)

National Safe Boating week World of Boating radio show spectacular! (Hour 2)

Special Features

Chris Castelli- Clay Count Sheriff Office on BUI

Fred Meffmann-NSBC

Rusty Gardner-CGA DSC/MMSI

Chris Edmondston-Boat US / Boating Education



Rusty Gardner was also invited by Capt. Patrick Prainito to be on the Boatwrench Radio Show out of Orlando. Hosted By Rob and Patrick, the Boatwrench is a great call in radio show for boat repairs.









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Boating Safety Links

If there is one thing I get passionate about it is the use of DSC and MMSI numbers. Here are a few articles I have written On Scene Magazine (page 9) DSC/MMSI Brochure

Florida Boating Laws

Get a Vessel Safety Check A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations

Boating Safety Resource Center

National Safe Boating Council

Boat US Foundation Safe Boating Course


Florida By Water and GAFF Life

Florida By Water and GAFF Life

Florida By Water takes great pride with its affiliations and recommendations. Whenever we find a product, item, or company that we think will assist you in your boating lifestyle you can rest assured we will pass it along. Recently, I spoke with Chuck Simpson, President of GAFF entertainment about his online version of GAFF Life magazine. I am a subscriber of the publication even though I’m not much of a fisherman. However, I am always fascinated by the destination articles. I think you will find the quality and ease of use of the digital version of GAFF Life will exceed your standards. If you wish to sign up for the free digital version of GAFF Life just click getgaff.com

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