Weeki Wachee River

Weeki Wachee, Florida

Weeki Wachee River

Weeki Wachee River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Weeki Wachee River is a wonderful Florida freshwater-spring-fed river that winds through miles of woodland, sometime canopied overhead, past houses and docks to the Gulf of Mexico near Bayport. At its source the river rises in a pool in the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park close to US 19. The park offers underwater mermaid shows and water rides.

The round-trip described here begins at Rogers Park on the tidal river 2 miles upstream from the Gulf, climbing upstream to the source and returning with the current. This offers the magic of increasingly clear water the closer you get to the spring. The comparatively slower rate of progress working upstream against the current makes it easier to observe wildlife than on the faster downstream return journey."

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Wonderful flatwater paddling! It was 50 degrees with very high winds today but this was a perfect adventure when the beach was unbearable. Wonderful clear water. Beautiful manatees and forest. Call ahead for details on what you can bring on the rental kayaks.They are rediculous about it. The rental at the park was dirty and the seat was not as comfortable as some but better than others. The staff was very nice and helpful. Very fun to talk to about the area. They should use down time to wash up the kayaks and clean up the dirty bathrooms.

Trail Information

Weeki Wachee
Nearby City
4-12 miles
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
2-6 hours
The lower part of the river, including Rogers Park, is tidal. The flow is always in the same direction at Rogers Park but the speed slows with a rising tide and is faster during the falling tide. The non-tidal river runs faster after rain, and this also alters the effect of the tide at Rogers Park
Tidal Information
Be prepared to cover up and move quickly on your return to Rogers Park in the quiet of evening. No-see-ums and mosquitoes can be diabolical when the wind dies around sundown.
USGS Topographic map 1:24,000, Weeki Wachee Spring and USGS 1:24,000 Bayport.
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