Manatees in Weeki Wachee River

This week, we had the chance to enjoy a day in Weeki Wachee River, with our friend Justin and what a great day it was.

The trip (usually) starts from the head springs and you float down the river for ~ 5.5 miles. The water is crystal clear and ~72F year round.

For those of you just visiting Florida on vacation or even if you live here and don’t have your own kayak/canoe/paddle board, don’t forget you can rent everything you need from these guys at the head springs. You’ll also pay to launch ($6 ea.) if you bring your own water craft and if you need a shuttle back to your car.

You’ll need to have a PFD with you to launch from the state park headsprings. Dominic recently purchased this one: ONYX MoveVent Dynamic Paddle Sports Life Vest, X-Large/XX-Large, Aqua.

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Here’s the launch ramp at the head springs, where you’ll pay $6 to launch your own craft
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You can see all the wildlife in water this clear
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Even on a busy day, you can get stretches of this river to yourself

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Not too much paddling effort required, when going with the flow on the Weeki Wachee River

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Plenty of places to stop for lunch and/or a swim during the paddle
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As you get close to Rogers Park and the end of your trip, you’ll pass houses on the river, some of which are very cool (and there’s some AirBnB’s here too)

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The day’s manatee count was 6, not bad considering most of these awesome creatures have headed back into the gulf already – read more about manatees (Florida’s state marine mammal) here.


The paddle will take a few hours so, bring plenty of cold drinks & snacks (no alcohol allowed – your coolers will be checked at the head springs launch). We highly recommend the  YETI Hopper Two 20, Portable Cooler, Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue which keeps our stuff ice-cold all day long.

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