Now known as "The Beast of the Southeast," this event has become one of the largest International Dragon Boat Festivals, bringing teams and spectators from around Florida and the entire Southeast region. Over 5,000 participants and spectators attended this event in 2022 and it continues to grow. Come Join us for this fun community event featuring Dragon Boat racing, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors and so much more!
This 3-acre park is ideal for family fun, offering swimming, water-skiing, fishing, picnicking or just playing in the sunshine. It is easy to reach, just off of US-41 with paved parking nearby.
For more information visit: http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us
The interpretation of any of the following rules and regulations shall be the final decision of the Event Operator (Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) or their designee.
There are so many reasons to enter a team in the Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival including team building, fundraising, camaraderie and good ‘ole fun! But did you also know that Club and Community teams are offered an amazingly low rate of only $900 for a 20 person team? Or you can form a 10-person team to race in our Mini Dragon Boats for only $660!
Forming a dragon boat team is easy! Included in your team registration is a practice session where we will show you how to paddle and race. Practice sessions and race day include all of the necessary equipment such as a boat, paddles, life-vests, a drum and a steersperson/coach. Invite your co-workers, friends, and family members to join you in this exciting event! Two team options are available consisting of 10 or 20 people.
All of the teams will enjoy setting up their rest area in a beautiful location under the shady live oaks, with great views of the lake and race course.
Each team that registers will race a minimum of 3 times on race day. Corporate and Community teams will be racing on a 300m race course and there will be an optional 2000m race for those top 5 fastest big teams and the top 5 fastest small boat teams, as time allows.
Your team’s registration includes 1 practice, 2 if you register both a 20-person and a 10-person team. All of the necessary equipment will be supplied to your team, including a boat, life vests, paddles and a steersperson/coach. Your team must supply the paddlers (at least 10 paddlers must be women) and the drummer (drummer need not be present at the practice).
2023 schedule coming soon. Please check back for updates.
To register your team please click this link Dragon Boat Team Registration
Each team that registers will race a minimum of 3 times on race day. All teams will be racing on a 300m race course.
All payments and team registrations must be made by Friday, October 20 , 2023.
Final team rosters and all waivers are due no later than Monday, October 30, 2023.
We have 2 options for payment of your registration fees.
1. After you register, you will be sent an invoice with the secure link to click on to make your payment.
2. Mail Checks Payable To Citrus County Education Foundation or CCEF
PO Box 2004
Inverness, FL 34451
Practices will be scheduled in the week leading up to the event. You will be contacted after you register your team to schedule a practice session. Team registration and payment must be completed to be eligible to schedule your team’s practice.
* Teams may not combine with another team to receive discounted combo pricing
Our Festival partners are offering great hotel rates, so come and spend the whole weekend in Citrus County! We have the beautiful crystal clear rivers and King Bay, boat tours, golfing, a Wildlife Park and the world-famous manatees. We are located just 30 minutes off of Interstate 75! Keep scrolling for details on Hotels and Attractions.
Find Florida’s soul in our warm Gulf waters, spring-fed rivers, gentle manatees, fantastic fishing and bountiful lakes. Our affordable hotels and motels include riverside inns and full-service resorts, and charming bed and breakfasts and campgrounds are ready to welcome you. Enjoy unspoiled natural surroundings, championship golf, unique shops, abundant history and endless aquatic adventure in The Water Lover’s Florida. Check out some more highlights…
Over the years, the fruit grown at Ferris Groves has expanded to include Navel and Valencia oranges, Ruby Red grapefruit and Fall Glow tangerines and more.
Withlacoochee State Trail is a wide, asphalt-paved trail 46 miles long, that follows much of the course of the Withlacoochee River. The trail is built on the former right-of-way of an abandoned railroad track and spans several counties as it traverses mile after mile of natural lands and riverbanks.
The restaurants and dining options in Citrus County are as numerous as our outdoor adventures and special events. And our local eateries offer as much charm as the area itself.
Information provided courtesy of Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau. For more information on visiting, please go to: http://www.discovercrystalriverfl.com
Dream on our River!
Dream of a lazy summer day floating down a crystal clear river as fish swim by and turtles slide into the blue water. Dream of an afternoon, a day or a lifetime in Dunnellon, Florida. Home to a first-magnitude artesian spring formation, Dunnellon is surrounded by two unique waterways that offer distinct adventures and activities.
Visit Our Historic District!
Visit our Historic District and wander through the homes that now house local businesses and antique stores. Visit the specialty bakeries located in the district that are always baking up unusual and delicious tasty treats and unusual bites of goodness!
Seafood….Cuban Sandwiches….Home Style Cooking….Mexican Delights! We have it all!
Our local restaurants host some of the best seafood and other gourmet delights. From gator tail to shrimp baskets come enjoy your meal sitting alongside our rivers. Partake of the best Cuban Sandwiches in the county, back home “home cooking” and homemade pies to die for right here in our little slice of heaven!
Waterways excursion! Travel by tube…kayak…paddleboard or boat! Enjoy the trip!
There are several business catering to our water playground. Rental of tubes, kayaks and paddleboards make it easy and affordable for families to get wet. Or bring your boat and experience the water wonderland at your own pace! The water is always a cool 72 degrees year-round. Get wet or stay dry…no matter how you enjoy our river it will be remarkable!
Hike it! Bike it! Like it!
Take a trip on one of Florida’s newest bike trails that starts at the Rainbow River and crosses over the Withlacoochee River, Dunnellon is a eco-vacationer’s delight! Located at Dunnellon’s Blue Run Park, Dunnellon Trail is 5 mile round-trip excursion will bring you up close and personal to Dunnellon’s phosphate history and the fawn and fauna of the area. Crisscross through tall grass as you pedal or hike towards the winding river. Birds fly overhead and every once in awhile you might share the pathway with a rabbit, a raccoon or even an Egret or Blue Heron as you stop to enjoy the beauty of Dunnellon!
Waterfalls and Rainbows
Just over the border into Marion County you will find waterfalls and the crystal clear blue water of the historic Rainbow River at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, FL. Home to the 4th largest spring in the state, the Rainbow River is a true gem of Central Florida where visitors can enjoy the year-round 72 degree water as they swim among schools of blue shad, curious turtles, and shimmering river grasses. Explore this gorgeous underwater world now in this quick video of the Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve.