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Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

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8312 S.W. 125th Court
Cedar Key, Florida 32625

(352) 543-5567

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Tidal creek surrounded by Christmas Berry, Cedar and Cabbage Palm trees. Photo by Rodney Hunt.

 Welcome to Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Accessible only by boat, this preserve is a favorite of anglers because it boasts both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Bordering Florida's Gulf Coast between Cedar Key and Yankeetown, extensive salt marshes and tidal creeks create habitats for saltwater fish, crabs, and shellfish. The 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. Although there aren't any marked foot trails, nature enthusiasts can enjoy wildlife viewing from a canoe. There are several primitive campsites on the Preserve, accessible only by private boat and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Boat access is from CR 40 in Yankeetown, CR 326 in Gulf Hammock and multiple boat ramps in Cedar Key.