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Address: 6301 Riverside Drive, Yankeetown, FL 34498
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+1 352-400-0133
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The trip is a river tour departing from the historic Izaak Walton Lodge,...

The trip is a river tour departing from the historic Izaak Walton Lodge, down the Withlacoochee River to the Gulf of Mexico returning by a small tributary making it a seven mile loop. Flora, fauna will be identified along with the history of the area. The scenery is all wilderness, the way Florida was in the past. We will also share photographs dating back to the 1800's of the largest phosphate shipping operation on the west coast of Florida during that time. You will enjoy all of this while riding in our clean, comfortable covered boats with US Coast Guard certified Captains. Reservations highly recommended.

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Enjoy the Withlacoochee with Captain Rick

Captain Rick provides a very entertaining tour of the Withlacoochee. His knowledge of the river, the area and its history is sure to keep every guest interested. The scenery is... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
olson8260
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Ramsey, Minnesota
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Ramsey, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Captain Rick provides a very entertaining tour of the Withlacoochee. His knowledge of the river, the area and its history is sure to keep every guest interested. The scenery is breathtaking! What a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

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Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed your tour and thank you for the review. Check us out in the Spring or Summer, the river will have a completely different look and the Manatee and Spoonbills will return. Capt. Rick More 

Yankeetown, Florida
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Captain Rick knows these waters and it's rich history. Do not know how many times we have been on his boat, but never tire of it and always learn something new.

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Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for being such a loyal customer and for the kind words. Capt. Rick More 

Crystal River, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Third trip on the Withlacoochee with Captain Rick and will go again when guests who haven't been come to town! The boat is easy on - easy off for everyone; elderly and young children included. Captain Rick is very knowledgeable about the river and the area. He is very accommodating to photographers turning the boat if necessary just so you... More 

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Thank waterlovers2017
Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thanks guys, I really appreciate you being such loyal customers and look forward to meeting more of your family. Capt. Rick More 

Central Florida, Florida
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Captain Rick Lefiles gave the tour and he is very knowledgeable about the area and the local history. Was a very interesting tour. Although Yankeetown is off the beat and path, if you are in the Gainesville or Ocala area and you like boating or nature, I would highly recommend that you take this boat tour.

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Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

It was a pleasure having you on board Lucy and thanks for the review! Check us out again this Spring when the plants start to bloom and the Rosette Spoonbills are back. Capt. Rick More 

Inverness, Florida
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

We have been going out on tours with Captain Rick for a little over 4 yrs and each tour we see something new. Our kids and Grandkids came for Christmas and we went out on a tour..This time was even better than ever, We saw white pelicans migrating and dolphins teaching their young to fish.We saw a few alligators and... More 

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Thank Kristine L
Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Kristine for being one of our best customers. It's always a pleasure have you and your family on board. Look forward to seeing you next time. Sincerely, Capt. Rick More 

NY
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Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

I learned about the local history of Yankeetown. Also had some pictures of some historical landmarks that are now back to nature. We saw many animals as one would expect. I just enjoyed the boat ride. The Captain was a pro! I got a few drawings of some birds, captain and some people fishing. It was a nice afternoon trip.

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Thank Daniel S
Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Daniel. It was a pleasure having you and your wife on board. It was a beautiful day. Hope you will look us up on your next trip to Florida. Capt. Rick More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

Captain Rick and Captain Jim gave us a wonderful tour of this area ...we saw some beautiful scenery..Eagles, osprey, white Pelicans, otter and alligators..we will return again in the early summer to see some different flora and fauna..

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Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thanks guys it was a pleasure to have you on the boat. Looking forward to seeing you this Summer. Merry Christmas Capt. Rick More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Went with my stepdaughter/friend for a half day fishing trip and had a blast!!! Capt. Rick is very professional and helpful, especially since I'm not very experienced. Safety is important to him and he explains every aspect of his boat before moving out on the river. Saw a lot of wildlife as well as catching a lot of fish. Hope... More 

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Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. Sorry it took me a while to respond, I thought I did before now. It was a great trip with you ladies and I probably enjoyed it as much as you did. Merry Christmas, Capt. Rick More 

Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2015

My wife and I were treated to a wonderful tour with Captain Rick who was extremely knowledgable of the area and its history. What a gorgeous area with such abundant wildlife (we saw two bald eagles among many other birds, fish, gators, etc). I am a native Floridian but had never been on that area of the Withlacoochee River. I... More 

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Thank David W
Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. It was a pleasure sharing the afternoon with people that appreciate what we have here in Yankeetown. Capt. Rick More 

Homosassa Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

We just got back from the tour. The owners and guides were really nice. We saw spoonbill cranes and Wood storks and all kinds of creatures creatures .it was awesome the people the owners were really awesome

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Rick L, Owner at Osprey Guide Services - Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Laura. Glad you guys had a good time. Look forward to having you on board again. Capt. Rick More 

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