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Posted by Megan Crevier on Oct 24, 2017 10:48:17 AM

The St. Johns River: Unique Living for those Who Call DeLand, FL Home

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Flowing through DeLand, FL and much of the center of the state lies the longest river in Florida - the St. Johns.

Its whopping size of 310 miles long flows along the DeLand community and into the Atlantic Ocean, offering unique recreation and activities for residents to enjoy.

Here's a snapshot of life on the St Johns River, and how it's attracting buyers to find their next home for sale in DeLand, Florida nearby the famous river. 

A Fisherman's Paradise

Calling all fishing lovers! The St. Johns River is known for its bass fishing, offering DeLand locals some of the best fishing right in their backyard! 

Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegills, shell crackers and catfish are among some of the highlights. Redfish, snook, flounder, striped bass. and warmouth are also found here!

Recreation & Beyond


Being the longest river in Florida, the St. Johns is loved for its recreation opportunities, making it the perfect place for those looking to live a healthy lifestyle.

Camping, biking, horse riding, hunting, biking, and running/walking paths are among some of the favorite pastimes along the shores of the river. On the water, locals enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing right at home!

The summer and spring months offer very clear waters for these activities. Boaters can even adventure along the river all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean - the best way for a water lover to spend a day. 

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Wildlife Haven

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Dolphins, river otter, turtles, bob cats, fox, alligators - the list goes on and on of the animal that live in and around the St. Johns River. Even endangered species such as the snail kite hawk call the river home. 

Manatee are also among some of the favorite local wildlife the river boasts. Blue Spring State Park of the river is a protected Manatee Refuge. During the winter months, you can catch a glimpse of hundreds of manatees ready to say "hello!" For peaceful days among some of Florida's most beloved nature, the St. Johns offers the most serene backdrop.

Wild Monkeys?!

Monkeys? Say what? It's true!

Fun Fact: Where the St. Johns River meets the Wekiva River, troops of monkeys can be found "hanging around. It is said that the monkey's found their home along the river in the 1930's when they were released to film the movie 'Tarzan.'

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The St. Johns Marina

Welcome to Paradise! Featuring a gorgeous location and friendly staff, St. Johns Marina offers canoe, kayak, and boat rentals, RV Park, camp sites, boat docking, Blue Heron River Tours, River Grille- restaurant/bar, and a convenience store for all of your fishing or basic necessities.

At the St. Johns River Grille located right on the marina, you can find delicious "Fresh from Florida," locally sourced meals. Known as one of the hottest spots in town, boaters, campers, music lovers, and local residents will enjoy a bite at this restaurant!

Life Along the St. Johns

The area around the St. Johns River is said to be home to about 3.5 million people calling the beauty and nature of the serene River their very own backyard! 

Living near St. Johns river offers so many benefits including fresh air, increased relaxation, calming sounds, and immune function boost. Many studies have proven living near water makes you a happier and calmer person overall!

With local events, endless recreation, and an unbeatable backdrop, life near the river is truly one-of-a-kind, and is one of the many reasons that makes life in DeLand, Florida so sought-after. 

DeLand offers a wide variety of home options, communities to choose from, and a lively lifestyle nearby the beloved St. Johns. 

Ready to call it your home?
Browse homes for sale in DeLand, Florida & nearby the river here: 

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