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Weeki Wachee River Report
(Weeki Wachee Spring State Park)

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Report By:  admin    Date: 12/3/2011 
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My last trip to Weeki Wachee was in March 2010. Way past due and I wanted to introduce Andi to the river, complete with manatee, deer, turtles, wading birds and beautiful clear blue/green waters. Also a few photos from our visit to the state park.

My Report:

Saturday morning was perfect for paddling the Weeki Wachee River. Blue, almost cloudless skies with just a nip of Florida winter in the air. Almost enough to get you to wear a sweatshirt or paddling jacket but not quite.

Andi and I loaded into the car and headed to Paddling Adventures at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Since I don't have a tandem kayak (hey, anyone have a Wilderness Systems Pamlico 13.5 for sale, cheap?) we rented one from the outfitter at the State Park for $35. Includes boat, paddles, PFDs and a shuttle ride back from Rogers Park to the outfitter's parking lot. You can find a discount coupon on the outfitters website if you look.

Bringing our own paddles and PFDs made the trip a bit more comfortable and the Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL kayak we rented did just fine for the downriver trip.

This was Andi's first time paddling so we spent a few minutes practicing forward paddle strokes, turns and stopping as we made our way 200 yards up river to park boat dock. Snapped a few photos and began our downstream trip.

The water was amazing shades of blue and green and was moving at a good pace. We made the trip downstream to Rogers Park about 2 hours, 15 minutes. Just upstream from Rogers Park is Hospital Hole, a favorite dive and fishing spot. Several manatee congregated in the hole but were generally uncooperative so I couldn't get a good photo.

Like magic, as we arrived at the take-out, the Paddling Adventures van was there. We loaded up quickly and headed back to the put-in.

We toured the State Park so you'll find a few photos of the mermaids and animals attached to this trip report. Andi did great for her first kayak trip and hopefully I can convince her to go on several more in the next few months.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 6
Fees/Costs $: 35

Photos from Weeki Wachee Spring State Park:    (Click image to view full size)

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Kayak Launch

Kayak and canoe launch at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

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First Kayak Trip

Andi at the beginning of her first kayak trip on the Weeki Wachee River.

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Heading Downstream

Starting downstream from the State Park on a Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL kayak.

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Winding, Shallow Rvr

Working our way downstream on the Weeki Wachee. Fantastic day and lots of beautiful scenery!

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Fall Colors

Beautiful fall colors along the river.

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River Turtle

Spotted this guy on our way downstream. He must have been used to people as we passed within 10 feet and he didn't jump in the water.

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Swamp Lily

A few swamp lilies along the Weeki Wachee.

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Sandbar Andi

Taking a break on a small sand, er, mud bar. We had a great day - very few other paddlers or motorboats on the river.

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River Photos

My turn for a riverside photo.

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Malibu Two XL

Malibu Two XL kayak. Our ride on the Weeki Wachee River. Boat is 13 feet, 4 inches and 34 inches wide. Very stable. Was able to enter/exit without tipping.

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Weeki Wachee Spring

The main spring at Weeki Wachee. On the left is the underwater theater and in the distance is Buccaneer Bay water park.

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Swim Dock

Dock at Weeki Wachee Springs. Take a look at that water color!

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The mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

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Mermaid Show

This reminds me of an aquarium for people. Mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs.

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60s Mermaid

A Weeki Wachee mermaid rocking 1960's colors. Actually I'm playing with color adjustments in Photoshop.

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Peacock at the State Park. I think this guy was more curious about my camera that I was of him.

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Riverside Theater

Animal show at the Riverside Theater. After the show you got to go up and pet a small alligator if you were so inclined.

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsBe sure to visit the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and say HELLO to the mermaids and animals. See Don't feel like paddling? Take a ride down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River on the River Boat Cruise. Have fun!

Post Date: 12/7/2011

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