Quiet Nature Spot Near Howey In The Hills, Florida

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Marina Del Rey Entrance

Marina Del Rey Entrance

Marina Del Rey Entrance
Marina Del Rey Parking
Marina Del Rey Boats
Marina Del Rey Swamp

Sometimes I find neat little places away from the hectic hustle and bustle of urban Florida. These are places where I like to relax and just enjoy the feelings of being in Old Florida. Then I have conflicting emotions: I'd like to keep the place to myself, but I'd also like to tell you about it. So I've given in and here is my story telling you about it.

State Road 19 crosses Little Lake Harris south of Tavares and goes on into Howey In The Hills. Shortly after you cross the lake heading south, you will see a sign pointing to the right down a little paved driveway. The sign directs you into a small private marina owned by Mission Inn and Country Club.

Follow the winding road through the beautiful forest down to the marina itself. Drive slowly and enjoy the trees while you take the short drive to the marina.

Although it is a private marina, it has a welcoming look and I didn't hesitate to look around. There are quite a few nice little sailboats in the marina and a couple of good size power cruisers. The marina is modern and well kept. Quite a contrast to its natural surroundings, yet it seems to fit in perfectly.

Along the shoreline of Lake Harris adjacent to the marina is a boardwalk that forms a nature trail through the cypress swamp that parallels the shore. You will see many birds and turtles and other creatures that love to live in swamps. You will also see a "Do Not Feed The Alligators" sign.

The marina entrance sign advertises that they have activities available including a zipline and that they host weddings and other functions. I can visualize this little spot being a great place for a lot of things.

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