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    Best lakes or riivers in Georgia/ Northern Florida

    I am thinking about moving south for retirement in a few years and would like some input on the best lakes or rivers to live on in the Georgia or northern Florida area. Looking for something with year round water and fairly affordable property values. I want something where there are things to do on the water, bars, Restaurants, etc. Navigable water would be a plus. Thanks
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    Not terribly familiar with Georgia but in N. Florida the best waterway access is something on the St. Johns river. The area on either side of the river north of Lake George is still reasonable. If you are into bass fishing something on Crescent Lake around Crescent City is worth a look.

    If you want to go a bit further south the area around Eustis / Leesburg / Mt. Dora is very nice with the Harris chain of lakes.
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    I agree with Mark. The St. Johns river is incredible for the fact that you can run 150 miles in one direction, has several natural springs & meeting areas, and there are a few towns that boarder the river (the main ones starting from the South are Sanford, DeBary, DeLand, Astor, Palatka, St. Augustine, then Jacksonville and its Southern communities). There are waterfront condos with covered slips in Astor (half way between Ocala "I-75" and Ormond Beach "I-95") that can be bought for 200K.
    For "things to do on the water", the Harris chain is great and the waterfront towns of Mt. Dora and Tavares do a great job of promoting several annual events. There are some inexpensive waterfront locations but to get a nice waterfront house is getting out of reach for the average guy.
    The other thing that I would consider is summer temps in the middle of the state can be brutal without the the sea breeze that we get being on the far East side of the peninsula. I moved down here 13 years ago and knowing what I know now, the fact that I still have to work everyday and run a business, I would go just South of Jacksonville if I had to do it again with those perimeters. If business was taken out of the equation then it would be Astor for me.

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    Lake Seminole NW of Tallahassee. Run N to Eufaula, E to Bainbridge, S to Apalachicola. Apalachicola River and Flint River. Beautiful Country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPEROG View Post
    I agree with Mark. The St. Johns river is incredible for the fact that you can run 150 miles in one direction, has several natural springs & meeting areas, and there are a few towns that boarder the river (the main ones starting from the South are Sanford, DeBary, DeLand, Astor, Palatka, St. Augustine, then Jacksonville and its Southern communities). There are waterfront condos with covered slips in Astor (half way between Ocala "I-75" and Ormond Beach "I-95") that can be bought for 200K.
    For "things to do on the water", the Harris chain is great and the waterfront towns of Mt. Dora and Tavares do a great job of promoting several annual events. There are some inexpensive waterfront locations but to get a nice waterfront house is getting out of reach for the average guy.
    The other thing that I would consider is summer temps in the middle of the state can be brutal without the the sea breeze that we get being on the far East side of the peninsula. I moved down here 13 years ago and knowing what I know now, the fact that I still have to work everyday and run a business, I would go just South of Jacksonville if I had to do it again with those perimeters. If business was taken out of the equation then it would be Astor for me.

    Joe
    The only issue I have with Astor is the remoteness and the flooding. Lately I've been looking a lot at the St. Johns county area West of St. Augustine. The easy access to JAX as well as St. Augustine and both the Intercoastal and the St. Johns river make it ideal.

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    Lake Seminole NW of Tallahassee. Run N to Eufaula, E to Bainbridge, S to Apalachicola. Apalachicola River and Flint River. Beautiful Country.
    But that's really Lower Alabama..... (just kidding....)
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    Thanks very much. I know I have read quite a few things on here about St Johns river. I might have to take the new boat for a small vacation this year and check things out.
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    Been on the St. Johns a couple times, its nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by largecar91 View Post
    Thanks very much. I know I have read quite a few things on here about St Johns river. I might have to take the new boat for a small vacation this year and check things out.
    I'll send you pictures from the Suwannee in a couple weeks.

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    any where on the water in FL is not cheep any more.........If it is you are in the middle of no where with nothing to do..........

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