Article and Photos by Kathleen
Much of central Florida is crowded with wall
to wall people but here and there you find a break in the crowds.
When you peer into these special spots you are overcome by the
natural beauty that underlies the Sunshine State. Right in the
of what is known as the Golden Triangle of Lake County consisting of
the cities of Eustis, Tavares and Mount Dora, there is
a hidden gem, Dora Canal. The canal was dug in the 1800s to connect
Lake Dora and Lake Eustis. Although it is only about a mile
long, Dora Canal is truly a path though Paradise for a kayaker or
Recently I kayaked the canal from Eustis to
Mount Dora and back again. The wildlife I saw and photographed was
fantastic. This is a trip everyone with a kayak or canoe should make
at least once.