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(Little) Wekiva River, Levy County...

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Near the Gulf of Mexico and Cedar Key, the spring-fed, northern Wekiva River is narrow, remote, and beautiful. Flowing past a few small farms (and maybe a cow), it's mostly forest and cypress swamp. This is an up and back paddle on what is easily the gem of a paddling trio accessed from the Waccasassa River Park boat ramp. The clear freshwater here is a nice break for those also paddling along the saltwater Gulf. The river source is privately owned Wekiva Spring on the other side of US 19, not open to the public, water is bottled and sold. Note: do not confuse this with the much larger Wekiva River flowing from popular Wekiva Springs State Park in Seminole County, just outside Orlando. Here, there is solitude.

paddle Wekiva River, Levy County FL

Distance: About 2-3 miles navigable, connects to Waccasassa River
Location: Levy County (Gulf Hammock, east of Cedar Key)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tidal: Yes, but barely felt on Wekiva
Launch points: Waccasassa River Park boat ramp (CR 326 off US 19) (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Cedar Key, Crystal River, Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Rentals/Outfitters/Tours:

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Wekiva River (Levy County)... Comments and Photos

Paddling the Wekiva River, Up and Back

From the launch upstream about 1/2 mile, the tiny Wekiva meets the dark, tannin-stained water of the Waccasassa River. The Wekiva is to the right. At or shortly after the confluence (distance depends on tide), the water becomes increasingly clear and increasingly shallow. Before long, its almost crystal clear and you can watch both fish and birds. Lots of shade, some tall cypress. We went about 2.5 miles before a large log blocked the way and we turned around. Not far beyond this, the Wekiva breaks into separate branches with downfall, becoming impossible to paddle as it approaches US 19.

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