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Reported: Oct. 2012

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.  Close to where it merges with the Waccasassa River, 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. Be careful of tides - it may be possible to get over some of these obstacles at high tide, but your return blocked by low tide. Wekiva Spring is not open to the public but rather is privately owned, the water is bottled for sale.

Paddling on the Wekiva River in Levy County
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The river is dark above the merge with the Waccasassa, but clears going upstream.
A beautiful, tree-lined ride. We went about three miles before logs blocked the way.
(Trip report October 2012)
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At the juncture with the Waccasassa     One of the home sites along the river  
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Cows along the river Down a side creek This log ended
our trip

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