Kayaking the Weeki Wachee River

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT:

The park only has a few rental canoes left. If you dont have a reservation you will be out of luck. I did find a rental company, their # is

[masked]

 

I should have posted that you need a reservation. I just found this out.

 

My number if you are still going is[masked]

Hope to see you tomorrow.

 

Brian

 

 

 

Here is some rental info if you want to rent a boat.

All Day Trips:

Single Kayak:  $30.00

Tandem Kayak:  $35.00

Canoe: $35.00

Our prices are per boat and not per person.  All day trips include paddles, PFD's and transportation back.


Ramp Fee:

If you own your own canoe or kayak and want to do a paddle out and paddle back trip, and arrange your own transportation, you may use our launch and facilities for a ramp fee of $5.00 per boat.  If you would like for us to provide return transportation, there is an additional $10.00 per canoe or kayak.
More carpooling, rental and trip info to come.  But here is the basic lowdown on this trip.

 

Tour #1: Weeki Wachee to Rogers Park (6 miles - easy)

This downriver-only trip begins at the canoe and kayak outfitter located immediately south of the Weeki Wachee Spring attraction. You can either bring your own boat or rent a kayak or canoe. The trip usually takes between 3 and 4 hours, depending if you stop for lunch on the way to Rogers Park.

Fees: If you bring your own boat, the launch fee is $7 and a return shuttle is $15 per boat. If you decide not to use the outfitter's shuttle, leave a car parked at Roger's park for your return trip. Prices current as of May 2006.

Starting at the canoe outfitter, you can paddle about 200 yards upstream to where a sign in the river indicates no vessels can proceed past that point. The "Wilderness Cruise" boats from the Weeki Wachee attraction are docked here. The tour boats may be your companion for the first 1 1/2 miles of the river. Fortunately, they are electric and generally well-behaved.

Turn downstream and paddle approximately 3 miles to reach the first beach. This, and a second beach located about 1/2 mile downstream, have undergone much development in the past few years. Both are property of the Withlacoochee Wildlife Management Area and a $3 landing / access fee applies. At the top of the 15' tall sandy terraced bluff are picnic tables that make a nice place for lunch. Expect crowds at both beaches.

About one mile past the second beach you will reach a developed area with canals. Be sure to go left at every junction in the river. Rogers Park is on the south side of the river just before the SR 595 bridge. If you have rented canoes or kayak, your takeout will be near the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp. Call the shop and they will retrieve you and the boats. If you brought your own boat, you'll need to use your shuttle vehicle to get back to the canoe outfitter.

 

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  • Cristiano

    I absolutely love these pics! I'll be in the next one for sure!

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time! Lot's of fun. Was my first meet-up. Thanks for posting the pictures!

    May 20, 2011

  • Sally

    It was a beautiful river with lots if wildlife. We saw 6 manatee
    !

    May 15, 2011

  • Brian K

    Has anyone tried the rental company? Did you have any luck?

    Thanks for the extra one laurence, im sure someone will take it.

    May 13, 2011

  • Tami

    Yeah - I sold both my kayaks a year or so ago. I will need to rent or borrow. Tami needs to buy another one! ha! I have been wanting to do this trip for so long! Thanks for doing this Brian - I hope to see ya tomorrow!!

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a second kayak that I'll bring with me just in case someone might need it.

    May 13, 2011

  • Brian K

    I got thru to the park. They only have a few canoes left. I should have looked into reservations earlier. The number i called is[masked] 5666. I will do this trip again soon if you dont have a reservation. If you dont have a reservation you will not be able to rent on tomorrow. I did find another company that rents. There # is[masked]-0360. good luck!

    May 13, 2011

  • Sally

    Thanks Brian
    I need to know if they have available kayaks to rent. I dont want to drive two hours and discover they don't have enough. I wanted to reserve two over the phone.

    May 12, 2011

  • Brian K

    Ill give it a try tomorrow. What do you need to know?

    May 12, 2011

  • Sally

    I've called four times and left messages about renting kayaks and no response. Does anyone know anything about renting kayaks from this group? Please help!

    May 12, 2011

  • Nick

    It's a fantastic, spring fed river. It is quite a small river, sometimes maybe 15 feet across. Manatees are in there, as well as otters and I did see 3 foot gators in the larger parts of the river. I sat right next to some manatees with my snorkeling gear on and watched them feed, put my hand on one's back and held myself in the current (in the boat), jumped from a rope swing, and there is a public roped off swimming area at the pickup which is nice. I will be surfing, though...

    May 12, 2011

  • Linda S

    Gail you can RENT A KAYAK right at the start of the trip. We start at the top of the run with an outfitter...and end at Rogers park. We can self shuttle or you can pay the outfitter for a shuttle back.

    April 15, 2011

  • Sally

    I'd be interested too! Would like to carpool with someone also- I live in Casselberry. Thanks!

    April 9, 2011

  • Mr J.

    How about tomorrow, 4/9, Saturday?

    April 8, 2011

  • Joanne L.

    Interested but it will depend on the date chosen

    April 7, 2011

  • Linda S

    start at the spring..and go one way..a lot easier...

    October 17, 2010

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