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Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

 Activities at Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Boating

Boating

Boating is accessible only by private watercraft. Boat entrance is available from CR 40 in Yankeetown, CR 326 in Gulf Hammock, and the City Marina in Cedar Key.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

Four primitive campsites, accessible only by boat, are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Details and directions to the campsites can be found in the Big Bend Segment 6 of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

The numerous creeks and the shallow waters of Waccasassa Bay Preserve are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. There are no launches within the Preserve. Kayak rentals are available in nearby Cedar Key.

Canoeing is ideal for the nature enthusiast. Endangered and threatened wildlife sighted in the Preserve include manatee, bald eagle, and black bear. The bay and marsh attract large number of osprey, pelicans, rails, wading birds, and waterfowl.

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is abundant with many varieties of salt and fresh water fish, including shellfish. The area has tidal creeks and an immense salt marsh.

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended for more than a half-hour.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

As a virtually undeveloped area the wildlife is mostly undisturbed. Alligators, otters, bald eagles, dolphins, osprey, raccoons, deer, turtles, great egrets, herons, gulls, pelicans, are some of the common wildlife that can be seen. Manatees occasionally visit the park. Less frequently seen are the Florida black bear, bobcat, skunk, and gray fox.