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Wekiva River... Wild and Remote Paddling in North Florida

Spring fed, the Wekiva River is tree-lined and beautiful. The mostly cypress swamp is a prime bird watching location. The river is dark above the merge with the Waccasassa, but clears going upstream. We went about three miles before logs blocked the way. The river source at Wekiva Spring is not open to the public but rather is privately owned, the water is bottled for sale.

paddle Wekiva River, Levy County FL

Distance: About 8 miles (2-3 navigable)
Location: Levy County (Gulf Hammock, east of Cedar Key)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Tidal: Yes
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:

None

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

Paddling at Wekiva River

We paddled upstream from the convergence with the Waccasassa River. Close to the merge, the water on the Wekiva is dark but as you go upriver it becomes more clear and shallow. There are a few homes along the Wekiva, and we even passed cattle drinking in the river. There also are creeks off the river to explore (watch the tides).

Past US 19 the Wekiva breaks off into different branches but we never made it that far. Approaching US 19, there are more obstacles in the water and we turned back where a tree blocked the river.

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