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A limerock seep forms near Kelly Creek. The sun sets over the water and marshes of Waccasassa Bay Preserve. Water is surrounded by tall grasses, trees and rock. A palmetto stretches its trunk over the Waccasassa River.
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park
Tall pines tower over rocks, water and marsh.

History and Culture

Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park's uplands protect a remnant of the Gulf Hammock that once spanned thousands of acres between the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers. Endangered and threatened species, including West Indian manatees, bald eagles, American alligators and Florida black bears, live or feed within the preserve.

A man installs a boundary fence at Waccasassa.


Park staff spent five years installing boundary fencing in Waccasassa Bay Preserve, in conditions that were less than hospitable.

A man installs a boundary fence at Waccasassa.


Wading through marshes was an everyday activity for fence installers.

A white truck is parked in front of the old park office.

Old Office

Before moving to the current location in 1979, the park office was located at the Levy County boat ramp on the Waccasassa River.

The park drive is flooded after the No Name Storm of 1994.

Park Drive

In 1994, the No Name Storm flooded the park drive.

A crew from the U.S. Geologic Survey inspect the park.

Survey Team

The U.S. Geological Survey team inspects the park.