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Florida Keys - Fishing

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Fishing is allowed on many of the trail’s historic bridges. Cantilevered fishing platforms have been added to the sides of selected bridges including the Channel Two Historic Bridge, Tom’s Harbor Cut and Tom’s Harbor Channel historic bridges and the Long Key Bridge. Rules for shared use of the bridges are posted at the ends of each bridge, along with containers for recycling fishing line that presents a danger to marine life.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Winter Managers Message

Manager's Message

As we proceed into our winter season we are seeing the return of our friends from the north, welcome back! Reservations for the campground are made with Reserve America, contact them at (800) 326-3521.

With the cooler weather arriving, more and more people are enjoying outside activities.

Take a bike ride along the Overseas Heritage Trail, paddle out through the mangroves, Kayak rentals are available from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., or try your luck with a fishing pole.

Florida Keys - Canoeing and Kayaking

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The trail offers easy access to many kayaking and canoeing opportunities along the corridor, including sea kayaking within this designated segment of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. Kayak rentals are available through several outfitters and special eco-tours can be booked through various sources. Points of interest along the paddling trail are noted on the trail map.

Lake Talquin - Hiking Nature Trail

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Enjoy the 1.2-mile nature trail that winds gently through the upland forest, offering a closer look at the steephead ravine system. In 2011, a  .33-mile spur trail was completed as an Eagle Scout project by Matt Willis and  Scout Troop 114. This spur trail goes to a beautiful bluff overlooking Lake Talquin.

Lower Wekiva River - Camping Equestrian

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Primitive camping at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is only available to those camping with horses. Equestrian camping is available inside the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park entrance off of State Road 44.

Recreational vehicle and trailer parking are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Horse stalls and corrals are also on a first-come, first serve basis. Posts for tethers are available, but temporary fencing of any kind is not permitted. Non-potable water is available for the horses and there are troughs in several locations. The equestrian area has a restroom and shower facility.

Proof of negative Coggins must be carried at all times. 

At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Pack in all food, water and firewood and pack out all trash. A restroom with showers facility is available. Fires are permitted only in the ground grills provided. Tents must be pitched in designated camping areas. The collection of fire wood is prohibited.  Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.

Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance by calling Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407-884-2009 for fee information and reservations. All reservations made by phone can be held with a Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express, or if paying by check, it must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made.

Bulow Creek - Wildlife Viewing

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Wildlife viewing experiences within the park will vary depending on the season, but some of our year-round residences include; white tailed deer, gopher tortoise, bob cat and a variety of snakes. In the cooler months you will be more likely to view some migratory bird species, which are heading south to escape the extreme cold. While the warmer months will bring out the gopher tortoises and snakes. Pigmy Rattlesnakes are prevalent in the area, and are perfectly camouflaged in the grass and leaf litter.  Please use caution and watch where you step.


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