Imagine a rustic stilt house in the middle of the trees and a boathouse at water's edge. Drop your Carolina Skiff in the water and go straight out to the open Gulf channel. Feel the salt water. Smell the salt air. Catch a big one. Back on dry land, explore the short State-owned trails, the historic St. Claire Whitman house and the Florida State Museum just down the street. Or imagine yourself at home. You're sure to see ospreys and egrets. You may even see a roseate spoonbill at low tide or an eagle soaring through the sky. This can be your first step into the Cedar Key way of life.