4 spacious guest rooms with private baths and queen sized comfort.
Second floor veranda with view of the
garden and lake.
Antique yet comfy chairs.
Coffee in the morning.
Walking distance to restaurants and
Enjoy light jazz music in the lounge or
the player piano adjacent to the front parlor.
Private parking and space for boat trailer.
Cable and Wi-Fi throughout.
Open All Year
Check In: 2PM to
6PM (later please make arrangements)
Check Out: 11AM
The Sprague House
125 Central Ave.
Crescent City, FL 32112
Enjoy Incredible Fishing on Lake Crescent and The St. John's River
near The Sprague House Bed and Breakfast Inn of Crescent City, Florida
Fishing in the Bass Capital of the World:
When you come for your stay, whatever you do, don’t
forget the fishing pole! We also encourage guests to bring your boat as we not only have private guest parking but can accommodate boat trailers as well. So come and not only enjoy your restful nights at the Sprague House in the sleepy town of Crescent City, but to enjoy beautiful Lake Crescent and the winding waters of the famous St John's River.
The public boat ramp and fishing dock are just 300 feet away and visible from the veranda of The Sprague House.
Lake Crescent is 16,000 acres
and is the third largest lake in the State of Florida and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States.
The lake is approximately 13 miles in length and 2 miles wide. It
connects to the St. John's River on the North via Dunn's Creek and includes a freshwater spring on the South end.
At one time, much commercial
fishing took place here with Crescent City becoming known as the "Bass
Capital of the World" It was named such by the Putnam County Courier
after Al McClaine, fishing editor of Field and Stream magazine selected
Crescent City's waters as being the best for largemouth bass -- these waters attract anglers and fishing tournaments to it's shores each and every year.
The St. John's River is the longest
river in Florida - 310 miles long. It is one of the few rivers in the
United States that flows North.
The land area that drains into a
water body is called a drainage basin - also called a watershed, the St.
Johns is divided into three drainage basins.
Because the river flows North,
the upper basin is the area to the south that forms its marshy
headwaters. The middle basin is the area in central Florida where the
river widens forming lakes Harney, Jesup. Monroe and George. The lower
basin is the area in Northeast Florida from Putnam County to the river's
mouth in Duval County.
The source of the river, or
headwaters, is a large marshy area in Indian River County. It flows
North and turns eastward at Jacksonville to its mouth in the Atlantic
The width of the river varies.
It is a broad marsh at its headwaters and averages more than two miles
in width between Palatka and Jacksonville. It widens to form large lakes
in central Florida.
The total drop of the river from
its source in swamps south of Melbourne to its mouth in the Atlantic
near Jacksonville is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile,
making it one of the "laziest" rivers in the world.
Saltwater enters the river at its mouth in Jacksonville. In periods of
low water, tides may cause a reverse flow as far south as Lake Monroe -
161 miles upstream from the rivers mouth.
Major tributaries, or smaller
streams and rivers that flow into the St. John's River include the Wekiva
River, Econlockhatchee River and the Ocklawaha River.
The St. John's basin is actually
an ancient intracoastal lagoon system. As sea levels dropped barrier
islands became an obstacle that prevented water from flowing east to the
ocean. Instead, the water collected in the flat valley and slowly
meandered northward for about 300 miles. This formed the St. John's
Crescent City became known as
the "Bass Capital of the World" for its commercial and pleasure fishing.
There are many bass tournaments held on and within the tributary of
So when you make your way to The Sprague House, please remember to take advantage of the bounty of fishing opportunities available to you during your stay! Please review the links below for additional fishing information and state requirements.