Some of the best apartments in Gainesville are near some of the most beautiful, serene bodies of water in the state of Florida. Gainesville itself and most of the surrounding areas are abundant with wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and outdoor sportsmen. While it's difficult to find prime fishing locales smack dab in the middle of the city, there are many smaller, but still very close, towns and areas that offer some of the best fishing spots in the North Central Florida area.
Payne's Prairie is a nature-lovers paradise! With so many native species of wildlife to the beautiful wildlife walks, this location is perfect for anyone who loves being outdoors. There is a little fishing pier off of the Prairie that many people frequent. However, since this area is very low, you may run into some flooding or a drought from time to time, depending on the season. Lake Wauburg is a 300-acre-lake near the prairie that allows fishing and has a public boat ramp. Speckled Perch, Brim and Bass are species often found in this area.
Cross Creek, about 30 minutes from Gainesville apartments, offers some great fishing opportunities. Sitting between Lake Orange and Lake Lochlossa, the Twin lakes Campground is the starting point for an avid fisherman in the area. You can fish off the banks or even rent a canoe and trudge out a little deeper into the canal. This is also near the site of the historic Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house, which is a tourist attraction for fans of literature and her book, The Yearling.
Tuscawilla Lake is about 12 miles from apartments in Gainesville near the town of Micanopy. This is a great spot for fishing at certain points in the year. Newnan's Lake is another location often frequented by locals and visitors alike. Lake Santa Fe is also a great spot for people who are looking to fish as well as partake in some water sports like skiing or knee boarding. You may even be able to see this lake from the balcony or patio of a few Gainesville apartments.
If you are in for a little bit of a drive for some top-notch fishing, High Springs is a little town that offers an abundance of fishing opportunities. Heading north on I-75, High Springs is not only home to great fishing; it's also the spot to go if you're looking to tube down a river or cool off in one of the refreshing springs.
If saltwater fishing is more your style, the little fishing town of Cedar Key may be right up your alley. Approximately one-hour southwest of Gainesville apartments, located on the Gulf of Mexico, this charming quaint village has an abundance of inshore and even offshore fishing options. While you're there, check out some of the local shops and restaurants on the small island. If you're lucky, you'll get to experience a dolphin sighting or even take part in one of their annual craft festivals.