Weeki Wachee River is a hidden gem in west Hernando county. It spans from the Gulf of Mexico to Weeki Wachee State Park. Depending on your speed, it could take a good 2 hours or more to reach one side to the other. On the way, there are opportunities to see the local manatees float by, as well as other natural wildlife as you travel through wilderness and canals. The river is a lot colder than the gulf, so even in the summer time, it is quite refreshing at 79 degrees. The spring water itself is a beautiful blue-green, and you can see straight to the bottom at all the fishes swimming by. If you’re brave enough, you can find ropes along the trees, and while I don’t recommend it, I’ve seen plenty of people swing from them into the water below. That looks like quite the adrenaline rush.
There are options for one-way travel. Local companies launch you near the State Park and pick you and your kayak up at Rogers Park when you are done, that way you don’t have to travel back the way you came. Be sure to pack yourself a good lunch, there are spots along the river that you can anchor. They are like private little beaches. I do recommend that you bring plenty of water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Even with a lot of shade, there is always the risk of sunburn. Also, because you are in the deep woods with a lot of water, the mosquitoes may be tempted. No fear, because if you go prepared, there isn’t a problem. To get to Weeki Wachee River, you have a few options. If you want to start in the residential area and work your way to the deep woods, you can travel to Rogers Park. The address for that is 7240 Shoal Line Blvd, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607. The park itself has a kayak launch. Be sure to bring parking fees. Depending on the time, the fee can be upwards of $5. Also, parking is limited based on crowds. At high peak times, be sure to get there early. If you want to launch at one of the designated launching sites or have a shuttle service, a quick google search for “Weeki Wachee kayaking” or “Weeki Wachee river kayak” should do the trick. There are plenty of kayak and canoe rental options available to you as well. Either way, if you are a Florida resident, or plan on visiting us from out of town, this is one place worth visiting. You will not get to experience such beauty and majesty else where. Should you have any questions on traveling down the Weeki Wachee River, or other fun places to go in the area, feel free to reach out to us! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org