Get Out on the Water at Waccasassa Bay

Group of kayaks paddle Waccasassa Bay with pines and snags along the shore
Two kayakers on water with palm trees in background

Accessible only by water, Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is a boater’s dream. With boat launches available in Cedar Key, Yankeetown and Gulf Hammock, there are multiple ways to get on the water and experience the 19,000 acres of tidal marshes and 20 miles of coastline that the preserve offers. 

Boaters can spot a variety of wildlife as they cruise across the bay, including grazing manatees, leaping dolphins and soaring ospreys.

Along with boating, paddling in kayaks and canoes is also recommended, as the tidal marshes of the bay offer a perfect place to spend the day exploring.

  • Don’t forget your tide chart! 
Single person fishing near open water vista with dramatic sunset in veiw

Anglers will also find enjoyment at Waccasassa Bay. The area has both salt water and fresh water, which means that fish of all kinds can be caught. Oyster reefs and seagrass beds serve as homes and sources of food for many fish species, attracting them to the bay.

The preserve is expansive and the boat traffic is typically low, so while waiting on a bite you will likely find peaceful relaxation.

Whether you’re out paddling the marshes, trying to catch as many fish as you can or simply enjoying a leisurely boat ride on the bay, Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is the place to get out on the water!