Lake Dora is one of four bodies of water making up the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida. These connecting lakes flow into the Ocklawaha River and St. Johns River, and then eventually out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Wildlife flourishes in these vital waters which are easily accessed from Mt. Dora. One option for viewing the magnificent wildlife is on a narrated pontoon boat tour, bringing you face to face with an array of local critters.
Motoring close to shore during a recent sunset cruise, a Pied-Billed grebe suddenly pops to the surface. Also known as the “Hell Diver” this dove size bird is a powerful underwater swimmer. Nearer to the boat, an alligator acts aggressively in the pre-dusk hours in its search for food, or possibly a mate.
As the sun falls in the western sky, sounds of nightly creatures fill the air as the balance of nature transforms into darkness.