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Wekiva River / Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserves

8300 West State Road 46
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 330-6727

April 2015

  • April 2, 2015, 9 am
    Annual Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve Clean-Up

    We are going to conduct our annual river clean-up and hope that you can join us for 2-3 hours on Thursday, April 2. Volunteers are needed to clean up one Wekiva River (underneath State Road 46 bridge) and three Black Water Creek locations. Meet on the Lake County side of SR 46 bridge at 9 am. After we clean up under the bridge and up to the park area, we will move to other locations. Please call Mike Martin (407) 267-1088 to confirm the location and last minute details. If possible, please bring garbage bags, grabbers, gloves and snacks/lunch. Wear appropriate clothing.
  • April 18, 2015
    Discover Wekiva

    Katie's Landing, 262 Wekiva Park Drive, Sanford, FL 32771

May 2015

  • Sat, May 16, 9 am
    Annual Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve Clean-Up

    Join Friends of the Wekiva River at 9:00 am Saturday, May 16, for a hike through a section of the sand pine scrub and pine flatwoods in Rock Springs Run State Reserve. Paul Lammardo, environmental specialist/biologist for the Wekiva River Basin State Parks, will share his knowledge of the ecology, flora and fauna in the area, and Florida history author Jim Robison will provide background information on the settlers at Ethel. Old grave markers are the only remaining signs of Ethel, which started in the later 1800s with sawmills and turpentine stills. Ethel had a church with a school and a railroad flag stop. Sanford's newspaper covered family dinners, social events, school calendars and burials that took place in this small town west of Sanford. The round-trip hike and talks should take less than two hours. There is no charge, except for the state's $3-per-vehicle entrance fee. Bring water, sunscreen, hat and snacks if desired. Rock Springs Run State Reserve is near Sorrento. From Orlando, take Interstate 4 to Exit 101C and travel west on State Road 46 for about 10 miles to the park entrance on the left. The park entrance, framed by a tall chain link fence, is about 3 miles west of the Wekiva River bridge on State Road 46. Once inside the park take the first left towards the horse stables. Drive 0.7 of a mile and park on the right at the kiosk that describes the Ethel settlement. Call the park at 407-884-2008 for additional directions. For more information on the hike, contact Jim Robison at jimrobison@cfl.rr.com or 407-677-4004.





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