|Description of Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve
The Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve is an exceptional place. Springs, large and small, bubble up from
deep within the limestone labyrinth that underlies central Florida, forming creeks and rivers that
wind for miles through forested floodplains and swamps, where birds and bears, alligators and manatees
Wekiwa Spring, at the southern end of the preserve, is famous for its clear, cool water, enjoyed by
swimmers and snorkelers, canoeists and kayakers, who explore the spring run as it flows to the Wekiva
River. The Wekiva River begins at the confluence of Wekiwa Spring Run and Rock Springs Run; its
fifteen-mile northerly course alternates between wide, sunny stretches of slow-moving water and
narrow, shady passages of swiftly-moving current. The Little Wekiva River, Blackwater Creek and more
than thirty springs contribute their waters to the Wekiva as it winds its way north.
When the Wekiva joins the St. Johns River, the character of the aquatic preserve changes noticeably.
Everything gets bigger: the waves, the boats, the gators. Though this part of the aquatic preserve
brushes against civilization, it is actually a twenty-two mile corridor of aquatic beauty that ambles
through thousands of acres of swamp, marshland and forest. Within this stretch of the Middle St.
Johns lies the 600-acre Lake Beresford; Blue Spring, the winter home of hundreds of manatees; and
Hontoon Island, the site of ancient Timucuan middens. Pristine water, natural beauty, abundant
wildlife and archaeological intrigue all contribute to weave the rich tapestry that is the Wekiva
River Aquatic Preserve.
April 06, 2015
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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