Boat ramp fees 1

Boaters use the boat ramp in Hernando on the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes Tuesday, Oct. 26. Presently those putting their vessels into the county's boat ramps are not charged a fee. On Jan. 1, 2022, that will change at four county-owned ramps.

On Feb. 9, the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners voted to enact boat launch fees for certain boat ramps within the county. The money collected will be used to maintain and improve Citrus County boat ramps. These fees are set to take effect on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

Premium Parking Service LLC has been contracted by Citrus County Parks and Recreation to handle the collection and enforcement of the boat launch fees.

Customers will have the option to pay the fees by downloading the Premium Parking app, using a QR code (located at the ramps), or contacting the customer service payment line at 844-236-2011. Customers can choose to pay the daily launch fee or register for the resident or nonresident annual passes directly through the Premium Parking app.

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The fee payment/annual pass registration system is not yet available. More detailed information will follow in the coming week as to purchasing of the annual passes.

The daily fee to launch a watercraft will be $10. For Citrus County citizens, an annual pass for launching a watercraft can be purchased for $25. You’ll need a state of Florida ID/driver’s license or utility bill with a Citrus County address as valid proof of residency. A $75 annual pass is available for nonresidents launching a watercraft.

Watercraft is defined as all kinds of flotation vessels designated for use on the water (motorized or not) including, but not limited to, boats, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, skidoos, pedal craft, pontoon boats, rafts, inflatable craft, tubes, paddleboards, or wind propelled surfboards. One license plate is permitted per pass holder.

Boat launch fees are required at the following launches:

• Fort Island Gulf Beach Boat Ramp, 16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

• Fort Island Trail Park Boat Ramp, 12073 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

• Hernando Beach Boat Ramp, 3650 E. Lake Place, Hernando.

• MacRae’s Boat Ramp, 5290 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa.

No other county-owned boat ramps currently require boat launch fees.

For more information, contact Citrus County Parks and Recreation at 352-527-7540.