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Welcome to Hudson


vfiles7856At the northwest corner of Pasco County, Hudson is home to the popularRobert J. Strickland Memorial Park, also known as Hudson Beach. A great spot to charter a boat for fishing, diving or just sight-seeing, Hudson Beach is yet another hidden gem off US 19 in Pasco County. Source, Visit Pasco Photo by Aebbi Simons

Hudson's canls vary in their depth, from about 5-7ft at low tide. The canals are safe for all boats, but one must know how to navigate in certain areas because rocks exist at the end where some canals meet the Gulf. This is only an issue at low tide, luckily, but it is a serious issue, as experienced boaters here will tell you. The Gulf waters in the Tampa/Hudson area are shallow, gaining about 2 ft. in depth per mile out to sea. Hence the amazing stilt houses off the coast of New Port Richey, 'fishing shacks' built by old time Pasco residents, standing a mile off shore on stilts, connected to the bottom. The shallow depth is easily navigable with small watercraft, and for large boats, there is the deep water Hudson Channel and auxiliary channels that goes out from the beach, for 2 miles, ending where the water level is drops considerably. After a 20 year stuggle to deepen the Channel, they finally did it in 2005, and now boaters are much happier. Hudson is now the last deep water port going north until the Big Bend of Florida. Source, Canal Living.

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About Us

n522171559_3381A few years back, Rusty Gardner bought a boat. Like most folks, he took it out on the weekends, but soon the lure of the water grabbed him, and the boat became an obsession. Every week he took off, and every week he came home wanting more. “I want to experience the real Florida,” he thought, “and I want to do it by boat!”

But there are hundreds of waterways in Florida. How do you know where to find the boat ramps, the restaurants, a place to stay the night? Hunting down all of these locations can take hours – and that’s hours you’re not on your boat. Enter FloridaByWater.com.

The idea seemed reasonably simple in Rusty's head. Just list all of the locations where you can take your boat in Florida. Ok, maybe not so simple. Two years and over 1500 locations later, phase one of the FloridaByWater.com is now ready to go! 

Along the way, Rusty found that Florida truly is a boater’s paradise. On his way to tracking down all those locations, he got help from friends, Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Bureaus and even strangers with common interests in local boating. Working together, they made the dream come true. Now Rusty’s dream of a comprehensive boater’s paradise is complete.

In order to be listed on FloridaByWater.com, each location has to be “boater friendly” and accessible by boat. Checks to websites and even personal phone calls helped make sure every location on the site is as it appears. Now we hope you will add your input by suggesting even more new locations and rating the ones aready listed. That means we need your help. 

So tell us about your favorite “boater friendly” spot. It can be your business, a favorite happy hour hangout or just a great place to hang out and catch a bass. Unlike other sites, we do not charge for listings – we just want to share our knowledge with you.

The future of Florida By Water looks bright as FloridaByWater.com expands and grows, and provides both local boaters and tourists alike with the resources to make their exploration of the Florida waterways fun and successful.

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Lakes and Rivers

DSC_0658lakesriversFlorida is known for her coast. However, you may find that the real beauty and adventures lie within her numerous lakes and rivers. Boating these waterways can provide countless hours of enjoyment.

One of the wonders of the state includes the Suwannee River. Here you will find over 80 beautiful miles of water that will take you from North Central Florida to the Gulf Coast. Along the way you will find a number of fresh water springs hidden along its banks. The river is mostly undeveloped and gives a true sense of Florida’s rich water history.

As you navigate the St. Johns River, you will have over 300 miles to explore. The river is like a step back in time. You’ll enjoy passing by quaint little towns and experiencing nature at its best. You can expect to see bald eagles, alligator turtles and even manatee. Restaurants, marinas and lodging can be found throughout the river way.

Florida has more lakes than most people can count. The two largest are Lake Okeechobee and Lake George. Both are known for their excellent fishing. On Lake George you will find two fresh water springs that are especially popular with boaters. Lake Okeechobee is a popular stop over for the boaters using the Okeechobee Waterway that connects the Atlantic with the Gulf of Mexico.

Whatever destination you chose you will not be disappointed. By Rusty Gardner

Central West Florida

21410443centralwestSpanning the southern portion of Florida's "Nature Coast," as well as the popular vacation destinations of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota, the Central West region of Florida offers a vast array of cultural, historical, natural and recreational riches along gem-colored waters and sun-drenched beaches. Tampa, a contemporary city, is home to museums, the Florida Aquarium and the Busch Gardens theme park. Within Tampa's limits is colorful Ybor City which is known for its cigar industry heritage and still retains its Cuban and Spanish flair.

This area offers vacation options, from thrill rides at Busch Gardens and stargazing at MOSI to turtle quests along barrier islands and canoeing along the Hillsborough River. You must see Sarasota on "Florida's Cultural Coast," offering world-class art and entertainment for the entire family starting with the Ringling Brothers legacy, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Asolo Theater and Ringling mansion. Information From Florida Suncoast Tourism Promotions, Photo by Anderson DLA