Forty-two million gallons of crystal clear water flow each day from Wekiwa Springs into Wekiwa Springs Run. The run joins with Rock Springs Run to form the beautiful upper Wekiva River. Creeks, later called Seminoles, are the most recent Native Americans to have lived here. Wekiwa means 'spring of water' and Wekiva means 'flowing water' in the Creek language.
This area was known as Clay Springs until 1906, when the name was changed to Wekiwa Springs. This photo was taken shortly after the name changed and shows several structures near the Spring. The largest and most prominent structure was the bathhouse, where swimmers would change into their swimsuits. Tourism was an important industry at the time and the springs were touted as medicinal waters that would cure an assortment of ailments. This claim was an attempt to draw northerners to the area and promote tourism.
The Apopka Sportsman Club bought the land that is presently
The Florida Park Service Ranger Academy is a bi-annual, two-week training that is aimed at teaching all new park rangers about the mission of the Florida Park Service. The first Ranger Academy was held at O'Leno State Park in 1972. In 1977, Ranger Academy was moved to Wekiwa Springs State Park, where it has been held ever since. This photo shows the Florida Park Service director at that time, Ney Landrum, addressing a new group of park rangers. The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Prescribed fire is an essential resource management tool that land managers can use to meet specific objectives. The use of carefully planned prescribed fires can help reduce dangerous vegetative fuel build up, which reduces the chances of having a catastrophic wildfire. Wekiwa Springs State Park has long been known for its successful prescribed fire program through community outreach with neighbors and the hosting of many statewide fire training classes.
In 2004, Florida Governor Jeb Bush visited Wekiwa Springs State Park and signed into law the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act. This Act provides a way to build an environmentally sensitive parkway through the Wekiva River Basin while meeting the demanding transportation needs of Central Florida. The Wekiva Parkway will complete a beltway around Orlando that will alleviate traffic congestion while conserving thousands of acres of adjacent land. Governor Bush signed the legislation into law while on the bulkhead at Wekiwa Springs.