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Weeki Wachee River Report


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Report By:  ed    Date: 3/15/2008 
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The skies were clearing, but the winds just would not let up. So instead of a Jenkins Creek kayak trip with open water, we found ourselves heading one mile north and launching from Rogers Park for an afternoon on the Weeki Wachee River.

My Report:

This really wasn't supposed to be a Weeki Wachee trip. Eight of us (5 adults, 3 kids) were scheduled to meet at 10am on Saturday for a "personal first descent" exploration trip at Jenkins Creek Park in Hernando County. The skies started to clear, but the wind kept blowing at 15 to 25 mph. Since this trip was open water and saltmarsh, it would have been tough going and with the kids along, we decided to try Weeki Wachee instead.


By way of CR597 Shoal Line Blvd, Rogers Park on the Weeki Wachee River is only about a mile north of Jenkins Creek. Fee is $2 to park. Upon arrival at Rogers, the parking lot was only about 1/3 filled so no problem getting a space. During summer months you'll want to arrive early as Rogers fills up fast.

From the canoe ramp at Rogers, the Weeki Wachee is tidally influenced for about the next two or three miles upstream. Beyond that, the force of the 1st magnitude Weeki Wachee Spring proves too much for the tides. If you arrive at an Ebb tide, be prepared for some challenging upstream paddling.

We paddled past a mile of residences before reaching pristine areas of the river. Here the tree-lined river is absolutely beautiful, running deep and crystal clear. Plenty of bird and wildlife - the kids had a good time watching some otter at play.

And speaking of playing, we stopped a few times to get out of the boat and splash about in the river. Ken practiced his standing up and paddling skills - luckily he paddles a wider Tarpon 140 and not a narrow sea kayak. I kept the camera at ready, hoping for a mistake, but his skills are improving so no good pics of dripping wet Ken.

In all we paddled about 2 miles up river. The return trip took about 1/4 of the time as the current pushed us toward Rogers Park. Along the way back we spotted a mother manatee and her calf heading upstream. A nice easy day on the river!

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 4
Fees/Costs $: $2/park


Photos from Weeki Wachee River:    (Click image to view full size)

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Rogers Park

Launching from the canoe ramp at Rogers Park.

Ken on Weeki Wachee Restricted
Ken on Weeki Wachee

My buddy Ken paddling the Weeki Wachee River.

Weeki Wachee Break Restricted
Weeki Wachee Break

Taking a break on the Weeki Wachee River. About 1.5 miles upstream from Rogers Park.

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Weeki Wachee River

A pic paddling upstream on the Weeki Wachee.

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River views

The Weeki Wachee runs deep and clear. No matter what time of year, it's an excellent paddle trip.



Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsOther nearby Hernando Parks include Bayport, Jenkins Creek, Pine Island and Linda Pedersen. Launching from Rodgers Park, a determined paddler can even see all of them in one day!



Post Date: 3/17/2008

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