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Lower Wekiva River State Preserve
Copyright: Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Lower Wekiva River State Preserve
Description - A combination of state-owned parcels, including Lower Wekiva River State Preserve, offer recreation opportunities along the Wekiva River, Blackwater Creek and St. Johns River. Habitat varies between the dense, moist wetlands to dry, open sun-bleached swamplands.

Attractions - Bordered by 18,000 acres of state-owned lands, Lower Wekiva River State Preserve is an environmentally important region in central Florida and serves as a major corridor for recreation enthusiasts and more important, wildlife. The region stretches along the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers uniting with Ocala National Forest.

Horseback riders, backpackers, canoeists and bird-watchers find the area most rewarding. The park provides a northern access for hikers, horseback riders (horse camp available), and a southern access for hikers. Private canoe outfitters are located just west of the southern access (State Route 46) and north along Wekiva Park Drive, which parallels Wekiva River.

Nearby state parks include Hontoon Island, Blue Spring and Wekiwa Springs State Park. (Notice the different spellings for Wekiwa Springs State Park and Lower Wekiva River State Preserve.)

Recreation - Twenty miles of equestrian and hiking trails, a primitive horse camp, and a 2-mile nature trail are offered. Wildlife viewing is very good and very popular on weekends. Call the park office for details about the area's private canoe launches and outfitters.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. Summer Fahrenheit temperatures average in the mid to high 80's (28 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Precipitation for the central area averages anywhere from 56 inches to less than 52 inches per year. The region offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is located nine miles west of Sanford on State Route 46. A northwest parcel is located on State Route 44.


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Filed By: Roy Costa (DeLand, FL)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Stumbled upon the Rt. 44 entrance driving near my home. Just 10 minutes away and never knew it! Ranger stopped me and seemed upset. He said I needed to check in at the park entrance. He was nice, but I was surprised by his stopping me. At first I thought I was in a restricted area, but not a sign around telling a guest not to enter without going to the Park entrance, which is 15 miles away. A beautiful place, but a little better communication on the part of the DEP would be appreciated. I don't like being treated like a trespasser on public land...I am a taxpayer, ya know.


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Contact Information:
Lower Wekiva River State Preserve, c/o Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle , Apopka, FL, 32712, Phone: 407-884-2008

Additional Information:
Central Florida - Central Florida was once the cattle and citrus farming capitol of Florida. Today, it is well known for its high-tech theme parks. However, outdoor enthusiasts need not search far to find an extensive list of natural attractions.
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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