Weeki Wachee River

Location: Weeki Wachee, Florida
Date: January 5, 2014

Kayaking down the Weeki Wachee River

After leaving Key West amid a rain storm, I stopped at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park north of Tampa to go kayaking down the Weeki Wachee River. The river starts at Weeki Wachee Springs where the river is crystal clear and continues to the Gulf of Mexico. I kayaked about five miles downstream to a point where the outfitters pick you up and take you back to where you parked. Along the way the water slowly becomes less clear, but is only noticeably so near the end where there are a number of homes along the river.


Manatee cow and calf

The water is so clear you can easily see many fish in the river as well as the occasional manatee. There were three or four manatees close to where I started, including a calf. But closer to the end of my trip there was a large pool in the river with several manatees and a ton of fish, but by this point the water wasn't as clear, and there were people everywhere kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling with the manatees.

Fish near the end of the trip

Turtles along the river

Weeki Wachee River

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