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WEKIVA RIVER STATE PRESERVE
Lower Wekiva River State Preserve is comprised of almost
18,000 acres of environmentally significant land bordering six miles of
the St. Johns River and the lower four miles of the Wekiva River and Black
Water Creek. Almost 5,000 acres of the preserve was purchased by the state
of Florida in 1976 to protect portions of the Lower Wekiva River while allowing
recreational use. Additional purchases in 1994 and 1995 have formed a wildlife
corridor along the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers connecting to the Ocala National
has a variety of plant communities that maintain a high species diversity
and biological richness. They range from the high, dry sandhills and sandpine
scrub to river swamp. The unique natural feature of the preserve is the
system of blackwater streams and their associated wetlands which provide
superb habitat for a variety of rare and endangered animals. The Florida
black bear, river otter, American alligator, wood stork, sandhill crane,
indigo snake and a variety of more common native species may be observed
while canoeing through or hiking in the preserve.
Native American Indians also valued the abundance of wildlife. They lived
here before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513. Many mounds are located
along the Wekiva River. The mounds or kitchen middens are the
only visible remains of the Indians former presence on the preserve
and are protected for future archaeological investigations.
The self-guided Sandhill Nature Trail offers a leisurely 50-minute walk.
Primitive camping at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is only available to those camping with horses. Please see additional information under "Horse Camping" .
Primitive Horse camping is available inside the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park entrance off of SR 44.
Fees are dependent upon the ratio of campers to horses, so please call the Ranger Station at Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407-884-2008 for exact fee information. Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. Call 407/884-2008 to make reservations. An accurate count of campers and horses is required for all reservations. All reservations made by phone can be held with a Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express, or if paying by check, it must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made. At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Pack in all food, water and firewood and pack out all trash. A bathhouse/restroom facility is available for campers. Ground grills are provided and fires are only permitted in these grills. Tents are permitted and must be pitched in designated camping areas only. The collection of fire wood is prohibited. RV and trailer parking are on a first-come first-serve basis. Horse stalls and corrals are also on a first come-first serve basis. Posts for tethers are available, but temporary fencing of any kind is not permitted. Non-potable water is available for the horses and there are troughs in several locations.
Proof of negative Coggins must be carried at all times.
Lower Wekiva River State Preserve is located nine miles west of Sanford on S.R.
46.For more information, contact:
Lower Wekiva River
c/o Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
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