Let's paddle from Roger's Park in Spring Hill upstream toward the spring head of the Weeki Wachee springs! See below for more detail on the history. The parking lot at Roger's park fills up fast so show up early! The parking fee is a nominal $3.00. We will paddle upstream approximately 4-6 miles to one of the sandy beaches along the river for lunch/snacks. The current can be challenging at times, so, that will also determine how far upstream we go. There's also one really cool rope swing along the way, so we will hang out there for a little while. Last time I paddled this river I saw over a dozen West Indian manatee. There is also an abundance of wildlife: otters, ducks, raccoons, pelicans, herons, osprey, wood storks and cormorants. After the paddle we can head to a nearby restaurant (TBD).
Weeki Wachee- The Seminole Indians named the spring “Weeki Wachee,” which means “little spring” or “winding river.” The spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found. Each day, more than 117 million gallons of clear, fresh 72-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. Deep in the spring, the surge of the current is so strong that it can knock a scuba diver’s mask off. The basin of the spring is 100 feet wide with limestone sides and there, where the mermaids swim, 16 to 20 feet below the surface, the current runs a strong five miles an hour. It’s quite a feat for a mermaid to stay in one place in such a current. [b]THE NECESSARY[/b] You will need to bring your own kayak (sorry there are NO kayak rentals) water, sunscreen, bug spray, towel, hat, water cannon, money, snacks and any other item you think you might need for trip. Remember to hydrate before you hit the water. It is your responsibility to have all of the required safety equipment aboard your vessel. Wear proper foot protection. Be courteous to others, be on time and avoid the risk of being left behind. We will depart upriver from Rogers Park at 10am.